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Taking Down S&P 500 Target

LPL Strategists reduce their S&P 500 Index yearend target, citing sharply higher interest rates. LPL Financial Chief Market Strategist Ryan Detrick stresses that the bull market is alive and well but is just entering a new phase. The path to strong gains has gotten tougher with future profits worth less in today’s dollars. But, as Equity Strategist Jeffrey Buchbinder points out, this is not an earnings call. Fundamentals remain quite strong. The strategists also note that they have raised their yearend target for the U.S. 10-year Treasury yield to 2.25 – 2.5%, while acknowledging the risk of higher yields in the short term.

Slower Economic Growth

Despite recently lowering the U.S. GDP forecast, the LPL Research Strategic and Tactical Asset Allocation Committee (STAAC) still sees downside risk to its forecast of 3.7% growth based on the latest data. The Committee still sees above-trend growth in 2022 with low recession risks, even though they have increased. The strategists note that spending on restaurants, recreational activity, and travel-related accommodations provides a unique look at discretionary spending and suggests the consumer is likely holding back some on discretionary spending due to persistently high prices.

April Seasonality?

April has historically been a strong month for the stock market. Jeff and Ryan note that while the market’s expectations for inflation and its ramifications may be the biggest keys to the near-term market outlook, convincing evidence that inflation has peaked may not arrive until after May begins. Nonetheless, markets may have reached “peak Fed hawkishness.” As markets potentially pull back on rate hike expectations, longer-term rates may stabilize, potentially providing stocks with support. A path to a ceasefire in Ukraine and the start of first quarter earnings season may also buoy investor sentiment.

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