Oil Rebound Eases Market Uncertainty

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  • Stabilizing oil prices inspired a global relief rally in February as market volatility eased.
  • U.S. economic growth has been supported by a resilient consumer segment, while manufacturing is sluggish but improving.
  • Earnings growth for S&P 500 companies has contracted for three consecutive quarters, and first quarter 2016 also looks challenging.
  • A rebound in growth — both in corporate earnings and the global economy — is the catalyst needed to move the markets into positive territory.

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