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Morningstar Market Commentary: First Quarter 2007

After strong start, markets turn volatile at quarter-end.

Sanjay Arya, 04/10/2007

After a strong finish to 2006, markets turned volatile toward the end of the first quarter. A series of gloomy news stories from the housing sector, especially in the subprime-mortgage segment, combined with other signs of a slowdown in the U.S. economy took their toll on market sentiment. Overall, the Morningstar US Market Index gained 1.4% in the first quarter, well off the highs scaled earlier in the year.

In our quarter-end review, Morningstar Indexes research analyst Arijit Dutta provides insight into the market's performance. A recap of some of the key observations:

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