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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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  • 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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