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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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  • Second-Quarter Earnings Season Begins

    Second-Quarter Earnings Season Begins

    A shaky start to second-quarter corporate earnings and mixed economic data sent U.S. equity markets lower last week, ending a two-week rally in the S&P 500.

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  • Powell Speaks to Congress

    Powell Speaks to Congress

    Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell did little to push back against the market’s expectation of a July rate cut at hearings in front of Congress last week.

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  • Jobs Rebound in June

    Jobs Rebound in June

    Global equity markets rallied last week as the U.S./China trade truce boosted investor sentiment and weakened global growth concerns.

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  • U.S., China to Resume Talks

    U.S., China to Resume Talks

    On the geopolitical front, Presidents Trump and Xi agreed to resume trade negotiations at the conclusion of their highly-anticipated meeting on the sidelines of the G-20 summit this weekend.

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  • Federal Reserve Loses Patience

    Federal Reserve Loses Patience

    Dovish Federal Reserve sentiment and confirmation of an extended Trump-Xi meeting at the G-20 summit led U.S. equity markets higher on the week and sent the S&P 500 to new all-time highs.

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  • Trump Raises the Stakes

    Trump Raises the Stakes

    In a relatively quiet week, U.S. equity markets notched a second straight week of gains as investor optimism over the U.S./Mexico border agreement outweighed lingering trade concerns.

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  • U.S. and Mexico Reach Deal

    U.S. and Mexico Reach Deal

    U.S. equity mkts ended week in positive territory & global bond rally continued as dovish sentiment offered from U.S. & E.U. bank officials & U.S./Mexico trade devs dominated headlines & drove mkts.

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  • Trade Tensions Rise

    Trade Tensions Rise

    Intensifying trade concerns gripped markets last week capping an end to the worst month of the year for U.S. equity markets and sparking a global bond rally.

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