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Jung Ji-won, third from left, chief executive of the Korea Exchange, and Financial Services Commission Chairman Eun Sung-soo, fourth from left, applaud with other participants during the opening of this year's trading in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020. The sign read: "Opening ceremony of 2020 trading." (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
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January 02, 2020 - 8:47 am
TOKYO (AP) — Global shares rose Thursday on optimism about a U.S.-China trade deal and the Chinese government's efforts to boost its economy. France's CAC 40 rose 1.4% to 6,058 on the new year's first day of trading, while Germany's DAX was 1% higher at 13,382. Britain's FTSE 100 added 1% as well,...
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Stock traders wear New Year's 2020 party glasses at the New York Stock Exchange, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019. Stocks slipped globally in quiet New Year's Eve trading Tuesday with many markets closed. Wall Street could close 2019 with back-to-back daily losses in a year that the U.S. posted the largest market gains since 2013. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
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December 31, 2019 - 6:12 pm
Wall Street closed the books Tuesday on a blockbuster 2019 for stock investors, with the broader market delivering its best returns in six years. The S&P 500 finished with a gain of 28.9% for the year, or a total return of 31.5%, including dividends. The Nasdaq composite rose 35.3%. For both...
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FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2019, file photo trader Peter Tuchman, center, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Markets are coming off a fabulous 2019, where stocks, bonds and other investments climbed in concert. But for the next year, and decade, in fact, Wall Street is telling investors to set their expectations considerably lower. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
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December 31, 2019 - 5:53 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — After a year of nirvana, investors may need to get ready for something a little more normal. Markets are coming off a fabulous 2019, where stocks and bonds around the world climbed in concert. But for the next year — and decade, in fact — Wall Street is telling investors to set...
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FILE - In this Dec. 16, 2019, file photo a shopping district is decorated for the holidays in Santa Clarita, Calif. On Tuesday, Dec. 31, the Conference Board reports on U.S. consumer confidence for December. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
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December 31, 2019 - 10:34 am
BALTIMORE (AP) — U.S. consumer confidence slipped ever so slightly in December, as expectations fell about economic growth over the next six months. The Conference Board said Tuesday that its consumer confidence index edged down to 126.5 from November's reading of 126.8. Americans felt largely...
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An investor monitors stock prices at a brokerage in Beijing on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019. Asian shares were lower in quiet New Year's Eve trading, with many markets closed. Tuesday's declines tracked a broad retreat overnight on Wall Street that erased some of the major indexes’ recent gains, though the market remains on track to end the year with its best performance since 2013. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
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December 31, 2019 - 3:52 am
TOKYO (AP) — World shares were lower in quiet New Year's Eve trading on Tuesday, with many markets closed. The declines tracked a broad retreat overnight on Wall Street that erased some of the major U.S. indexes’ recent gains, though the market remains on track to end the year with its best...
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FILE - In this Dec. 5, 2019, file photo trader James MacGilvray works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EST on Monday, Dec. 30. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
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December 30, 2019 - 4:06 pm
Stocks are closing broadly lower on Wall Street as the market gives back some of its recent gains. The benchmark S&P 500 index is coming off five straight weeks of gains and multiple all-time highs. It's on track to end the month 2.6% higher. Technology, health care and communication services...
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A man looks at an electronic stock board of a securities firm in Tokyo, Monday, Dec. 30, 2019. Asian shares were mostly lower Monday as investors awaited updates on the signing of a trade deal between the U.S. and China and kept a wary eye on North Korea. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
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December 30, 2019 - 8:57 am
TOKYO (AP) — Global shares were mixed Monday as Chinese benchmarks surged on expectations of lower financing costs following a policy decision by the country's central bank. Investors were awaiting updates on the signing of a trade deal between the U.S. and China and keeping a wary eye on North...
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Currency traders watch monitors at the foreign exchange dealing room of the KEB Hana Bank headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Dec. 27, 2019. Asian stocks followed Wall Street higher on Friday amid optimism U.S.-Chinese trade relations are improving. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
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December 27, 2019 - 8:01 am
BEIJING (AP) — Global stock markets moved mostly higher on Friday amid optimism that U.S.-Chinese trade relations are improving and on early reports that online Christmas shopping was up over last year in the U.S. European markets rose in midday trading and Wall Street was primed for more gains...
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Currency traders watch monitors at the foreign exchange dealing room of the KEB Hana Bank headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Dec. 27, 2019. Asian stocks followed Wall Street higher on Friday amid optimism U.S.-Chinese trade relations are improving. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
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December 27, 2019 - 3:42 am
BEIJING (AP) — Global stock markets were mixed Friday after Wall Street rose amid optimism that U.S.-Chinese trade relations are improving. Frankfurt, Paris and Hong Kong gained in early trading. London and Shanghai were unchanged and Tokyo declined. Investors welcomed U.S. President Donald Trump's...
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FILE - In this Nov. 14, 2019, file photo a pair of specialists work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Investments around the world were all winners in 2019 as central banks unleashed more stimulus to bolster the global economy against the damage created by President Donald Trump’s trade war. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
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December 26, 2019 - 4:57 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — On January 3, the S&P 500 sank 2.5% when Apple warned of sagging demand for the iPhone, an inauspicious start to 2019 following a 14% drubbing in last year's fourth quarter. On January 4, Federal Reserve Chairman Jay Powell said the central bank would be "patient" with its...
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