5. A correction is healthy
Following the best first-quarter returns in 14 years, stocks have had a less than stellar start to April. All three major indexes are already down more than 3% this month.

But rumblings of a modest correction have been growing for some time now, and analysts say a pullback would be healthy, given the sharp run-up the market enjoyed at the start of the year.

Since the bull market began in early 2009, stocks have experienced several market corrections between 5% and 7% without any serious worsening of fundamentals, noted Bob Doll, chief equity strategist at BlackRock.

He said a continued contraction should be viewed as a "consolidation of prior gains rather than the start of some sort of large downturn." And it could also provide a potential buying opportunity, he added.


By Hibah Yousuf @CNNMoneyInvest - Last updated April 11 2012: 2:49 PM ET
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