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Strong US earnings buoy stocks, but will optimism last?

Can the US economy retain its growth rate in the face of mounting trade tensions with China?

Some strategists argue that even in the worst-case scenario, the trade war with China will not derail growth.

US stocks rose slightly last week, and the Standard & Poor's 500 was on the cusp of new records as investors disregarded mounting trade tensions with China and focused on strong US earnings and a "Goldilocks"-style employment report.

This week, stocks could drift higher as the August...

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