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Market Wrap: S&P 500 Scores Best Week in Nearly a Year

NEW YORK — Wall Street racked up a solid week Friday, with health care, technology and consumer stocks making gains and investors looking beyond a widely expected December interest rate hike. The S&P 500 ended its strongest week in almost a year, while the Dow Jones industrial average...
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Will Santa Claus Deliver a Year-End Rally for Investors?

It turns out Santa Claus doesn’t just deliver gifts under the Christmas tree. Traditionally, November and December are positive months for the U.S. stock market as well. Chalk it up to year-end catch-up buying or positive seasonal holiday cheer, but history shows that investors can expect stock market...
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Why Defensive Stocks Aren’t Safe Anymore

Nervous investors should think twice before diving into so-called defensive stocks, especially those securities with high dividends. You might end up putting more risk into your portfolio than you realize. Stocks that have less volatility than the overall market and pay higher dividends than most other stocks are...
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