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The 2016 first quarter was a tale of two halves. The S&P 500 dropped 11% during the first half of the quarter and then rose 13% during the second half of the quarter. The S&P500 total return (price change plus dividends) rose +1.3% for the quarter. The Dow Jones Industrial Index total return increased +2.2% and the NASDAQ declined -2.4% for the quarter. All the major US stock indexes lagged gold (+16.7%) and long-term US bonds (+8.2%) reflecting rising inflation expectations and a weak US dollar. The stock market reversal was prompted by moderately better economic reports and reduced fear ...

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