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Market Snapshot

U.S. Consumer: No Sale

U.S. consumers had a downbeat December; China-U.S. trade talks were set to reconvene in Washington; Mexico's Pemex got yet more help; U.K. clothiers discounted deeply, pre-Brexit

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Market Outlook
Jan 07
Market Outlook

Equity markets

A Pullback, Not a Crash

January 07, 2019

The current environment is similar to several previous periods where market weakness and substantial P/E compression occurred against a backdrop of economic and earnings strength. Historically, these periods have been followed by solid stock rebounds.

Investment Insights
Dec 13
Investment Insights

International Stocks: Four Factors Behind the Gap

December 13, 2018

A narrowing of the advantages recently enjoyed by U.S. companies could reverse the international stock performance gap.

Investment Insights
Dec 12
Investment Insights

Recession Watch: Lessons from the Last Cycle

December 12, 2018

Should we worry about the recent inversion of 3-5 year Treasury yield curve? The ClearBridge Recession Risk Dashboard suggests concerns may be overblown.

Market Outlook
Nov 07
Market Outlook

Midterm Elections: Divided Congress Signals Gridlock

November 07, 2018

With control of the Senate and House now divided, and the prospects for a recession still muted, the S&P 500 should continue to march higher in 2019 -- with areas of potential opportunity for active managers in specific sectors.

Market Outlook
Oct 25
Market Outlook

Equity Selloff

October Volatility Not Atypical

October 25, 2018

As monetary policy normalizes and the economic cycle matures, volatile days like those just experienced may become more common. However, the end of the cycle appears to remain in the distant future, allowing investors to find opportunity amid market anxiety.

Market Outlook
Oct 05
Market Outlook

Anatomy of a Recession:

One for the Record Books

October 05, 2018

ClearBridge's Recession Risk Dashboard continues to point to healthy backdrop for the U.S. economy and further continuation of an already record-setting expansion, with equity markets benefiting from buybacks and other shareholder-friendly moves through the coming quarter.

Market Outlook
Oct 01
Market Outlook

International stocks

Electric Vehicles: Rolling Forward

October 01, 2018

The electric vehicle (EV) market continues to expand, and with it, opportunities for investors – not only in auto manufacturing, but also in the parts, materials and adjacent industries.

Investment Insights
Sep 06
Investment Insights

Recession Indicators Update: Money Supply

September 06, 2018

Economic conditions are shifting, but the ClearBridge Recession Risk Dashboard still points to expansion rather than recession.

Market Outlook
Aug 29
Market Outlook

What Could Go Right in International Stocks

August 29, 2018

Concerns about economic growth and geopolitical risks have weighed on international markets, but a softening of U.S.-China trade rhetoric and weakening dollar could spark a new wave of outperformance.

Investment Insights
Aug 02
Investment Insights

ESG: Conservation can create capital

August 02, 2018

Water conservation and stewardship initiatives are helping companies from manufacturing to consumer goods to gain competitive advantages and manage future risks.

Market Outlook
Jul 16
Market Outlook

Dissecting International Signals

July 16, 2018

The contrast between current economic momentum and monetary policy in the U.S. versus the rest of the world has led to lower valuations in international and emerging markets (EM) stocks -- but a change could be coming soon.

Market Outlook
Jun 29
Market Outlook

U.S. Equities

Beyond the Wall of Worry

June 29, 2018

Though trade war tensions could sidetrack investors, history suggests markets should rally after midterm elections -- with recession risks low going into Trump's third year in office.

Investment Insights
Jun 17
Investment Insights

Media Stocks: The New M&A Landscape

June 17, 2018

The green light just given to the AT&T/Time Warner merger underscores the changing dynamics at work in the rapidly consolidating media sector.


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