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US politics, conflict in Syria and big earnings to steer Wall Street

US stocks rose last week but volatility persisted, thanks to the tweeted slings and arrows and the outrageous fortunes of President Donald Trump.
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Earnings could soothe investor worries

LAST week, stocks swung wildly up and down as investors tried to gauge whether bellicose rhetoric between the US and China was the start of a trade war or a prelude to a major trade deal, a dynamic that could persist unless and until a deal emerges.
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Stock prices up but first-quarter correction may not be over yet

US stocks rose last week but in a violent manner that the gains eked out suggests the first-quarter correction is not yet over.
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Trump slump back in focus, Dow in correction territory

THE so-called "Trump Slump" returned last week as broad indexes saw their biggest losses in more than two years because of trade-war fears...
NEWS ANALYSIS

Powell puts market on notice over heightened risks

JUBILATION at Jerome Powell's measured tone in his first policy statement as the chairman of the Federal Reserve faded to trepidation as he highlighted worries about global trade in a press conference...
WALL STREET INSIGHT

Wild swings likely to continue this week

THE wild swings of the stock market seem to follow those of US President Donald Trump's moods, and both are likely to remain in focus this week with developments likely on presidential scandals, trade policy and North Korea...
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US stock market bumps & slumps amid trade war, rate hike fears

AFTER the so-called "Trump bump" came the Trump slump...
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Bulls still in charge amid market volatility

THE bulls are back in the driver's seat...
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All eyes on Fed meeting and T-bill markets

US STOCKS surged last week, and major indexes followed their worst week in years with their biggest weekly gains since 2013 as the meltdown ended and the melt-up resumed.
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Consumer and wholesale inflation data key to market direction

US stocks plunged last week to the biggest weekly loss since 2011, and the major indexes entered official correction territory in a market meltdown that looks set to continue this week.
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Bond interest rates may determine market direction

SPECULATORS on stocks and bitcoin learned this week that market "melt-ups" - greed-fuelled, rocket-paced rallies such as those of the last three months - are so-called because of how often they are followed by meltdowns...
NEWS ANALYSIS

Janet Yellen seals success as market's therapist

JANET Yellen's final act as chair of the US Federal Reserve on Wednesday was a subtle change of tone on inflation, a finesse that epitomised her slow and steady approach to getting the economic world back to normal...
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Tech earnings, jobs data to fan flames of 'melt-up' rally

US stocks ended last week at new record highs as the so-called "melt-up" continued...
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Markets unfazed by US government shutdown

US STOCKS rose last week as a "market melt-up" continued despite a government shutdown and a crash in digital-currency markets...
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Bull run turning into stampede from bonds to equities and risky investments

US stocks rallied to new record highs last week as implications of corporate tax cuts and a speculative frenzy led to the strongest market opening to a year since 2003.
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Growing fears of bubbles after 2017's frothy exuberance

US stocks finished slightly lower on the week but recorded one of their biggest annual gains in living memory as the froth of speculative activity spread from the stock market to alternative assets such as bitcoin.
BT OUTLOOK 2018

'Trump Slump' ahead for US stocks in 2018

IF 2017 was the year of the Trump Bump for US stocks, then 2018 could well be the year of the Trump Slump.
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US bull run charges on despite oil gain and bitcoin pain

US stocks finished near record highs last week and look set to complete one of the strongest years for major indices since the financial crisis as President Donald Trump signed a massive tax cut into law and hinted that there would be more economic goodies to come.
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Markets in 'rational exuberance' but risks lie ahead

US stocks rose last week to record highs and the gains should continue this week as traders bet massive tax cuts will stimulate more economic activity.
CENTRAL BANKS’ MOVES

A fitting farewell for Janet Yellen

JANET Yellen's farewell was a fitting one for the central banker - a modest rate hike and some straight talk...
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Stock market rally set to continue but all eyes on bitcoin

US stocks finished around record highs again last week as a strong jobs report and the prospects of tax cuts suggested economic growth - and stock market gains - will continue to accelerate.
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Despite Flynn's plea, jobs data and tax accord can lift stocks

US stocks finished last week near record highs as the passage of long-awaited tax-cut legislation in the Senate offset the approach of a scandal closer to the White House. Stocks could rise further this week if jobs data is strong and signs emerge that a final compromise on taxes can be reached.
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Wealth effect fuelling US consumer spending

US STOCKS rose last week as retailers revelled in the magic of the holiday season.
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Big bricks-and-mortar stores say it with earnings: we're not penny stocks

US stocks fell slightly last week, but there was a reprieve for the retail sector going into the critical holiday-shopping season.
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Bull market likely to get back on track this week

US stocks ticked down last week, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average snapped an eight-week winning streak amid fears that the Republican tax cut plan could founder on the rocks of political discord.