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Currency and interest rate changes grabbed headlines today, along with weakness in US retail and gathering concerns about a perfect Trump economy.  China led off by making it harder to profit from a falling yuan, pushing the currency to its highest level in weeks.

US traders took profits on some post-election bond bets, sending prices higher and the 10-year Treasury down to a 2.361% yield.  Added concerns about Macy's and Koch helped move US stocks lower, after Europe's STOXX 600 recorded a small gain.

At the closing bell, the Dow was down 43 and the S&P down one point.  Tech gains helped keep the NASDAQ up, adding 11 points.

Precious metals kept the rally going.  Gold rose $18, platinum $26, and silver up 17 cents.  XAU gained a big 4.5 points to close just below 88.

Crude oil got a pop also, up 43 cents a barrel.  The buck took a breather, its index ... Log in or subscribe to continue reading.


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