BALTIMORE (Stockpickr) -- Mr. Market is taking a breather this morning after closing higher in each of the last four trading sessions. Most investors aren't enthusiastic about stocks right now -- but they should be.
That's because the S&P 500 has climbed 11.5% since the first trading day of January, a massive gain for any year on a historical basis. And the summer has been even stronger: Since the start of June, the S&P has climbed 9.7% in one of the most orderly rallies in recent memory.
But there's a lot of noise on Wall Street right now. Between drama that continues to unfold across the pond and earnings season's data dump of financials, there are some significant factors ready to distract investors from what's going on in the broad market right now.
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