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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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  • Third-quarter earnings season begins

    Third-quarter earnings season begins

    The major U.S. equity indices moved modestly higher last week, flirting with all-time highs as third-quarter corporate earnings results and an agreement between the U.K. and E.U. on a Brexit deal...

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  • U.S., China reach “phase one” deal

    U.S., China reach “phase one” deal

    Global equities marched higher last week pushing aside fears of a global slowdown as the U.S. and China reached an agreement, in principle, on “phase one” of a trade deal and prospects for...

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  • Recession fears abound

    Recession fears abound

    The S&P 500 fell 0.34% on the week, posting its third consecutive weekly decline as recession fears took center stage, clouding the outlook and rattling equity markets.

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  • Trade fears, impeachment inquiry shake markets

    Trade fears, impeachment inquiry shake markets

    The major U.S. equity indices moved lower for a second straight week as trade uncertainty, mixed U.S. economic data, and political turmoil in Washington weighed on investor sentiment.

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  • Fed Conducts Open Market Operations

    Fed Conducts Open Market Operations

    In an eventful week for market participants, the major U.S. equity indices ended a three week stretch of gains as the drone attack of a Saudi Arabian crude processing plant and trade friction drove...

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  • Trade Relations Warm

    Trade Relations Warm

    U.S. equities notched a third straight week of gains as investor sentiment received a boost on the back of a more-dovish-than-expected European Central Bank (ECB), easing trade tensions...

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  • U.S., China Agree to Meet

    U.S., China Agree to Meet

    The major U.S. equity indices moved higher for a second straight week as U.S./China trade war optimism outweighed concerns of a slowing U.S. economy. U.S. and Chinese officials announced plans to hold

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  • U.S. Equities Take a Breath

    U.S. Equities Take a Breath

    The major U.S. equity indices advanced last week, notching their first weekly gains since late July as a reprieve from the harsh rhetoric by the U.S. and China seen the week prior...

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  • Trade War Escalates

    Trade War Escalates

    U.S. equities looked poised to snap a streak of weekly losses until an escalation of the U.S./China trade war on Friday roiled markets and sent the S&P 500 to its fourth straight week of declines.

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  • Global Outlook Darkens

    Global Outlook Darkens

    U.S. equities suffered their third straight week of declines last week as the flight to safe-haven assets took center stage sparked by weak global economic data...

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  • Trade Fears Abound

    Trade Fears Abound

    Trade war jitters gripped markets last week and sent U.S. equities and Treasury yields lower.

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  • Trump Levies More Tariffs

    Trump Levies More Tariffs

    U.S. equity markets suffered one of the worst weeks of losses since the December selloff on the back of Jerome Powell’s hawkish statements and President Trump’s re-escalation of trade tensions...

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  • ECB Holds Steady

    ECB Holds Steady

    U.S. equity markets rebounded last week buoyed by better-than-expected corporate earnings results and U.S./China trade optimism.

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