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First Quarter Earnings Insights

Four times a year, investors focus on the most fundamental driver of investment performance: earnings. Unfortunately, like the economy, earnings growth remains sluggish. The first quarter of 2013 is likely to mark the fourth quarter in a row of low to mid-single-digit earnings per share growth. The dollar amount of earnings per share for the S&P 500 companies is expected to be lower than in each of the past three quarters and only 1% higher than a year ago...

What’s Fueling Gasoline?

The year-to-date price rise in gasoline prices has been more muted than usual, while a sharp rise in consumer energy prices poses a threat to the economy. U.S. gasoline usage has curtailed with the combined help of a of slower economic growth, a slight increase in fuel economy among the nation’s vehicle fleet, a sharp slowdown in miles travelled, and an aging population. Find out what other answers the emerging consumer reports will reflect on gasoline...

Message From the Markets

Stocks posted a strong first quarter. While shy of last year’s 12% first quarter gain, the S&P 500 Index’s 10% gain seen this year reflects very strong performance. Consistent with the powerful gains for stocks, bond yields and oil prices also rose in the quarter. Given the average-atbest economic readings during the first quarter, the performance of the stock, bond, and commodity markets begs the question: what are the markets saying about where the economy is headed?

Business Capital Spending

On March 28, 2013, the Bureau of Economic Analysis of the U.S. Department of Commerce reported that corporate profits of all U.S.-based corporate entities hit an all-time high in the fourth quarter of 2012. Strong overseas economies, restrained hiring, modest wage gains, low interest rates, solid worker productivity, and an economic cycle that is just three months shy of its fourth birthday have all contributed to the record level of profits. Economy-wide...

10 Indicators to Watch for a Spring Slide in

In each of the past three years, the stock market began a slide in the spring that lasted well into the summer months. One year ago, we provided our list of the 10 indicators to watch that seemed to precede the stock market declines in 2010 and 2011 and accurately warned of another spring slide in 2012. We again look to these indicators for signs of a potential spring slide in the stock market this year...

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