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Mixed start for US stocks

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The S&P 500 and Nasdaq share indexes have opened higher, lifted by technology and financial stocks, but the Dow Jones has been held back by continued weakness in Boeing shares.

It comes as investors await the Federal Reserve's policy meeting later this week for further clues on the pace of interest rate rises.

A short while ago the Nasdaq was up half a per cent at 7,724.22 points while the S&P 500 had gained 0.3% to 2,830.78. The Dow was down 0.02% at 25842.93.

Shares in Boeing have been under pressure since a crash in Ethiopia last week involving one of its planes left 149 dead. On Monday they fell around 2.7% after Ethiopia said an initial analysis of black box data showed "clear similarities" with another Boeing crash off Indonesia in October.

Wall Street mixed on open

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Wall Street shares have been mixed on open, as stocks rose slightly on reports of progress in trade talks between the US and China, but dipped on news US manufacturing output fell for a second straight month in February - evidence of a sharp slowdown in economic growth.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average is now 43 points or 0.2% lower to 25,667.02. Boeing has dropped 1.6% to $367.50, on news its 737 Max aircraft will be grounded until at least May.

The S&P 500 is now 8.7 points or 0.3% ahead to 2,816.92. Adobe heads the losers, plunging 5.6% to $252.66 after its profits forecast fell short of analysts' estimates.

And finally, the tech-heavy Nasdaq is now 43.6 points or 0.6% up to 7,675.85. The losers are again headed by Adobe, followed by Tesla, which fell 3.7% to $279.19 on open.

On Thursday night the electric car company unveiled its second electric car, the Model Y.

Wall Street flat

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Wall Street shares have ended flat following news that a US-China trade deal will be delayed until at least April.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed 0.027 % higher at 25,709.94.

The S&P 500 ended 0.087% lower at 2,808.48.

And the tech-heavy Nasdaq was down 0.16% at 7,630.91.

Wall Street opens flat

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Wall Street shares have been flat on open, weighed down by delays in US-China trade talks, as well as new home sales in the US falling more than expected in January.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average is now 19.2 points or 0.08% down to 25,683.72. Boeing tops the losers, falling 1.3% to $372.41 after announcing that it has grounded its entire global fleet of 737 Max aeroplanes in light of new evidence from the scene of the fatal Ethiopian Airlines crash.

The S&P 500 is now 3.4 points or 0.1% lower to 2,807.49. Top of the losers is discount retailer Dollar General, which has dropped 9.5% to $109.23 after its profit forecast for 2019 fell below analysts' expectations.

And finally, the tech-heavy Nasdaq has slipped 13 points or 0.2% to 7,630.20. Take Two heads the losers, sliding 3.7% to $92.51. On Wednesday, the game developer's shares jumped on rumours that Sony could be about to acquire it.

Wall Street ends higher

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On US markets, the Dow Jones Industrial Average ended 0.8% higher to 25,650.88, while the broader-based S&P 500 jumped 1.5% to 2,783.30, and the tech-focused Nasdaq was 2% up to 7,558.06.

Despite Boeing's sharp losses when the session began, investors were comforted by comments made by Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell, who reiterated that the central bank would be "patient" before raising interest rates again.

US stocks close down

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US stocks had their fifth day of losses after weak US jobs data from February added to concerns over cooling global growth that was sparked by a sharp fall in China's exports and a slowdown in the eurozone.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 0.1% at 25,450.24. The S&P 500 was down 0.3% at 2,742.99 and the Nasdaq Composite fell 0.2% to 7,408.14.

Wall Street opens down

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Wall Street has opened sharply lower after data showed US job growth almost stalled in February, adding to global growth worries sparked by weak China export data and weakness in eurozone.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 207.15 points to 25,266.08, the S&P 500 lost 22.52 points, falling to 2,748.93 and the Nasdaq Composite dropped 85.11 points to 7,336.36.

Wall Street closes down

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Wall Street dropped for the fourth day on Thursday, led by financial stocks, after the European Central Bank (ECB) decided to launch a fresh round of cheap loans to revive the eurozone economy and defer interest rate hikes to at least next year.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 200 points at 25,473.23.

The S&P 500 was down 27 points at 2,744.86.

The Nasdaq Composite was down 84 points at 7,421.46.

Wall Street closes down

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Wall Street's main indexes were down at the close again as healthcare and energy shares slumped and investors sought reasons to buy after the market's strong rally to start the year.

With corporate earnings season ending, investors are looking for next catalysts to drive the market, including a potential trade agreement between the United States and China and economic data, including Friday's employment report.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell to 25,673.46, down 133.17 points or 0.52%.

The S&P 500 closed at 2,774.23, a loss of 15.42 points or 0.55%.

And the Nasdaq Composite dropped 70.44 points or 0.93% to 7,505.92.

US stocks slide

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US stocks are down as investors stay on the sidelines following a strong rally this year, awaiting fresh developments on trade.

The S&P 500 has risen about 11% after optimism that the US and China will soon end their bitter trade row and the Federal Reserve will be less aggressive in raising interest rates.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average is down 70 points at 25,736, the S&P 500 is down 10 points at 2,779 and the Nasdaq Composite is down 47 points at 7,529.