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The US equity markets as measured by the S&P 500 and DJIA rose modestly during the third quarter of 2014. The S&P 500 recorded a positive total return (price change plus dividends) of 1.1% and the Dow Jones Industrial Average advanced 1.9%. Both indexes reached record levels on a nominal and inflation-adjusted basis in August. However, both indexes experienced a sharp decline during September. Counter to the first half of the year, the highest quality/lower beta stocks (A+ ranked by Merrill Lynch) turned in a better performance in the third quarter (+1.7%) compared to the lowest ranked quality stocks (C ...

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