Strong holiday sales and oil prices helped boost the stock market following a rout two days earlier. Wochit

The stock market averted disaster in the first quarter after a historically brutal close to 2018.

But can it surge higher? Or with minefields lurking, is a recovery from the depths the best investors can hope for?

Many analysts say the market can reach new highs by year-end, though gains will likely moderate amid a slowdown in economic growth and corporate earnings.

“It’s going to be tough to get significant upside from here,” says Ryan Detrick, senior market strategist for LPL Financial. He added, though, that he expects solid increases that still make the