Stocks End Dismal Year on a Bright Note

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The rise in United States equities mirrored that in Asian and European markets, which were also buoyed by trade optimism.

"If top government officials embrace these risky notions, a modern cold war between our two nations is not inconceivable", the 94-year-old former president wrote in The Washington Post.

The S&P 500 posted no new 52-week highs and no new lows; the Nasdaq Composite recorded eight new highs and 98 new lows.

Wall Street entered correction territory in late January and was challenged for much of 2018 by tariff jitters, rising interest rates, and fears of diminishing corporate profits. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks picked up 10.64 points, or 0.8 per cent, to 1,348.56. The region's stock markets were closed Tuesday for New Year holidays.

In October the market's gyrations grew more volatile.

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Input price pressures remained high in part due to tariffs, particularly in manufacturing and construction, and firms are struggling to pass these higher costs onto customers, said the Dallas Federal Reserve in a statement. Instead of calming the markets, the unorthodox phone calls anxious investors, and the Dow dropped 653 points, or just under 3 percent. Futures on the Nasdaq 100 Index climbed 0.9 percent, while those on the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 0.7 percent.

The FTSE All-World index, which tracks thousands of stocks across a range of markets, plummeted 12% this year.

To compensate suffering farmers, the US government has allocated about $11 billion to direct payments and buying agricultural goods for government food programs, after consulting economists, including Tyner. The sector ended the year with a 4.7 per cent increase, to lead all other sectors in the S&P 500.

The three-month slide included a dramatic drop in the so-called FAANG stocks - Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix, and Google parent Alphabet - and culminated in the worst Christmas Eve market drop in history.

The Trump administration's widening trade war will raise prices for us consumers, but it won't bring back many manufacturing jobs that have moved overseas. If made, it will be very comprehensive, covering all subjects, areas and points of dispute.

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The meeting will be the first face-to-face engagement of the two sides regarding trade since US President Trump and China's Xi Jinping agreed earlier this month in Buenos Aires on de-escalating their tensions for a moment. U.S. crude closed up slightly Monday but ended the year down 24.9% at $45.41 a barrel.

This year marks a series of sensitive anniversaries for China, including, in June, 30 years since the bloody crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators in and around Beijing's Tiananmen Square.

According to news reports, Xi said both countries relation have experienced severe ups and downs but have made progress over past four decades.

Xi said in his congratulatory message that history has proved cooperation is the best choice for both sides, adding that he stands ready to work with Trump to develop Sino-US relations and implement their consensus in a joint effort to advance the relationship - featuring coordination, cooperation, and stability - to better benefit the two peoples and the rest of the world.

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