Market commentary, 1st Quarter 2014

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The U.S. stock market fluctuated on concerns about mixed economic data, slower growth in corporate earnings, and the timing of potential rate hikes by the Federal Reserve, ending the quarter with a modest gain. Market volatility was very dynamic during the quarter. Developed international equity markets posted modest returns as investors grappled with mixed economic data and uncertainty about central bank stimulus. Emerging markets struggled on concerns about slowing economic growth in China, the reduction of Federal Reserve stimulus, and the ongoing political crisis in Ukraine.