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  • Fed, Congress provide stimulus

    Fed, Congress provide stimulus

    Global equities plummeted again last week as fears of a prolonged economic slowdown as a result of the COVID-19 virus took center stage and outweighed significant monetary policy changes.

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  • Fed cuts target range to 0% - 0.25%

    Fed cuts target range to 0% - 0.25%

    In a dramatic move on Sunday evening, the FOMC announced that it moved the target range for Federal Funds down to 0% - 0.25% and cut the discount window rate 1.50% to 0.25%.

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  • Yields plummet amid virus fears

    Yields plummet amid virus fears

    In one of the most volatile trading weeks on record, the major U.S. equity markets moved modestly higher, and U.S. Treasury yields plummeted.

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  • Equities, yields tumble as virus fears mount

    Equities, yields tumble as virus fears mount

    Global equity indices plummeted last week, sending the three major U.S. equity indices into correction territory, as the worsening COVID-19 outbreak dominated headlines.

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  • Renewed virus concerns rattle equities

    Renewed virus concerns rattle equities

    The major U.S. equity indices moved lower for the week for the first time since early February as the Wuhan coronavirus continued to spread across the globe.

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  • Equities continue to rally despite virus fears

    Equities continue to rally despite virus fears

    Despite global growth fears emanating from the worsening coronavirus outbreak in China and across the world, U.S. equities moved higher for a second week on the back of solid domestic economic data.

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  • Strong economic data outweighs virus fears

    Strong economic data outweighs virus fears

    Major U.S. equity indices rebounded last week, moving higher as a perceived moderation in the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak.

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  • Equities and yields fall as new virus spreads

    Equities and yields fall as new virus spreads

    Despite a strong start to fourth-quarter corporate earnings season, U.S. equities and Treasury yields tumbled last week as a worsening coronavirus outbreak in central China soured investor sentiment.

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  • Novel Coronavirus rattles markets

    Novel Coronavirus rattles markets

    U.S. equities decreased for the week as fears stemming from a novel coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, China dominated headlines and overshadowed the beginning of fourth-quarter corporate earnings season.

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  • U.S./China sign phase-one agreement

    U.S./China sign phase-one agreement

    U.S. equities continued their move higher to start the year setting new all-time highs as the signing of the phase-one U.S./China trade deal.

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  • U.S./Iran tensions ease

    U.S./Iran tensions ease

    U.S. equities began the new year on solid footing, marching higher during the first full week of the year and pushing through all-time highs, as tensions between the U.S. and Iran appeared to ease.

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  • Tensions rise in the Middle East

    Tensions rise in the Middle East

    The majority of the U.S. equity indices ended lower for the week after geopolitical tensions in the Middle East and weak economic data domestically soured investor sentiment at the start of the new ye

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  • U.S., China reach agreement on phase-one trade deal

    U.S., China reach agreement on phase-one trade deal

    Trade news dominated headlines and drove the major U.S. equity indices higher last week as the U.S. and China reached an agreement, in principle, on the terms of a phase-one trade deal.

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  • November jobs report impresses

    November jobs report impresses

    The major U.S. equity indices ended the week mixed yet little-changed from the week prior as trade worries were countered by impressive U.S. economic data.

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  • Trade optimism lifts equities

    Trade optimism lifts equities

    In a holiday-shortened week, U.S. equities returned to their winning ways as the three major U.S. equity indices climbed to record highs amid solid U.S. economic data and U.S./China trade optimism.

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  • Powell meets with Trump

    Powell meets with Trump

    The six-week rally in U.S. equities came to a halt last week as pessimism over the prospects of a U.S./China trade deal dominated headlines and soured investor sentiment.

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  • Powell speaks on Capitol Hill

    Powell speaks on Capitol Hill

    Rally in U.S. equities showed no signs of stopping last week as major U.S. equity indices rose for a sixth straight week, setting new all-time highs amid perceived progress in U.S./China negotiations.

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  • Stocks, yields rise on trade hopes

    Stocks, yields rise on trade hopes

    U.S. equities rose for a fifth straight week, setting new all-time highs as U.S./China trade optimism and better-than-expected corporate earnings releases boosted sentiment and dulled recession fears.

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  • Fed cuts but signals pause

    Fed cuts but signals pause

    The major U.S. equity indices continued to rally higher last week, touching all-time highs and notching a fourth consecutive week of gains...

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  • E.U. grants Brexit extension

    E.U. grants Brexit extension

    The major U.S. equity indices moved higher last week as solid third-quarter corporate earnings results and U.S./China trade optimism boosted investor sentiment in the face of growing global growth...

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