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Stock Market Today: June 19, 2018

06/19/2018 With less than a half hour to go before the commencement of trading stateside, the equity futures are indicating a sharp lower opening for the U.S. stock market. Overseas, the main indexes in Asia fell overnight, with stocks in Shanghai plunging to two-year low. The situation is not much better on the Continent, with the major European bourses all down more than 1% as trading moves into the second half of the session. The U.S./China potential trade war is clearly unnerving investors around the world.
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Stock Market Today: June 18, 2018

06/18/2018 Fears of a trade war continued to pressure large-cap stocks during Monday’s mixed session, with the multinational-heavy Dow Jones Industrial Average shedding more than 250 points at its morning nadir. But like on Friday’s dramatic session, the indexes pared their losses to varying degrees as the day wore on, with an additional surge that saw each of the composites recover considerably.
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Stock Market Today: June 15, 2018

06/15/2018 Resurgent fears of a trade war and increased global oil supplies stoked a steep selloff for most of Friday, before a late-in-the-day rally ended up capping the indecisive week on only a slightly negative note. Indeed, news that the United States was planning to implement 25% tariffs on $50 billion in Chinese exports set the stage for the bearish tone that persisted through the early afternoon.
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Stock Market Today: June 14, 2018

06/14/2018 The U.S. stock market put in a generally constructive session today. True, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 26 points. But the broader S&P 500 Index was up seven points, and the NASDAQ was higher by 65 points. Market breadth was favorable, too, as advancers managed to outnumber decliners on the NYSE. The technology and consumer cyclical stocks moved nicely higher, offsetting declines in the financial and energy names.
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The Federal Reserve Does The Expected, But Says What Was Unexpected

06/13/2018 This afternoon, an increasingly transparent Federal Reserve Board raised its target on the federal funds rate by 25 basis points, or one-quarter of a percentage point. That move was widely expected and taken by itself should not have elicited much reaction by the markets. What Wall Street was not necessarily expecting was a suggestion that the lead bank was aiming for two additional rate hikes this year.
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Stock Market Today: June 13, 2018

06/13/2018 Save for a little strength in the technology stocks, the major market averages were quiet for most of the day as investors awaited word from the Federal Reserve on its outlook for inflation and interest rates. Stocks weakened into the close, and finished near their lows for the day. All told, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was off 120 points; the S&P 500 gave back 11 points; and the NASDAQ fell eight points. More stocks fell than rose, indicating an uninspired tone to trading.
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Stock Market Today: June 12, 2018

06/12/2018 U.S. stocks were mixed on Tuesday, as investors digested a number of political factors and looked ahead to the Fed’s impending interest-rate announcement tomorrow afternoon. The S&P 500 vacillated between positive and negative territory before finishing slightly higher and the Dow finished the day just shy of its breakeven line.
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Stock Market Today: June 11, 2018

06/11/2018 The U.S. stock market moved nicely higher for much of the day, but sharply pared its gains near the end of the session. At the close of trading, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was ahead six points; the broader S&P 500 Index was up three points; and the technology-heavy NASDAQ was higher by 14 points.
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Stock Market Today: June 8, 2018

06/08/2018 Early on Friday afternoon, the major U.S. indexes shook off some morning selling pressures and advanced modestly into positive territory. Indeed, even though the geopolitical and policy-related headwinds remained, the averages retained, even built on, their afternoon gains as the closing bell neared.
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