Valuations look reasonable
- Stock valuations have risen over the past five years, but while most valuation measurements show that stocks in general aren’t cheap, most don’t indicate that stocks are very overpriced.1
- Earnings could grow as the economy remains in a mid-cycle expansion and businesses continue to benefit from productivity gains.
Global risks and opportunities
- Emerging markets have recovered in recent months, but still face headwinds.
- In Japan, the economy has accelerated, credit conditions have improved, and corporate profitability is up.
- The U.S. remains the strongest of the developed countries.
Stock ideas to explore
- Technology, industrials, and health care may benefit from corporate spending and innovation.
- Higher quality stocks may deliver much of the upside potential of equities overall, but with less volatility.
- The biotech industry suffered a pullback this spring, but may benefit from innovation over the longer term.
- Consumer preferences for products perceived to offer active-living and health benefits may drive performance of some stocks.
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