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How trillion-dollar stock-market index funds are vulnerable to manipulation that ‘could harm American investors’

“A recent op-ed in the New York Times cautions that passive index funds may be vulnerable to bias and, possibly manipulation, as interest in those funds has ballooned over the past decade” writes Mark Decambre for marketwatch.com. Dangers may lurk in index funds, a popular area of the stock-market known for its recent and consistent record of outperformance against actively managed funds, according to experts. Nearly $6.7 trillion, or a third of those assets resided in passive funds at that time, the data provider said.Such passive ETFs track an index…

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Stocks trade mixed as U.S. and China kick off latest round of trade talks; Walmart jumps

“U.S. stocks struggled for direction Tuesday as U.S. investors return from a three-day weekend as another round of U.S.-China trade talks begins in Washington” writes Deputy Markets Editor for marketwatch.com. Gains last week were fueled in part by upbeat expectations surrounding U.S.-China trade negotiations.In Europe, stocks were trading lower Tuesday, with the Stoxx Europe SXXP, -0.27% down 0.4%.AAP, +1.37% stock fell 0.6%, after the firm reported fourth-quarter profits that topped analyst forecasts but saw same-store sales growth fall short. Source: marketwatch.com

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Associated Press & MarketWatch

“Optimism surrounding U.S-China trade talks boosted indexes on Friday” reports etfdailynews.com. From Associated Press & MarketWatch : Asian markets were broadly higher on Monday as traders looked forward to the continuation of trade talks between Chinese and American officials in Washington this week.Investors were worried about progress on thorny issues like Washington’s unhappiness over Chinese technology and trade policies.Year-to-date, VPL has declined -9.77%, versus a 4.35% rise in the benchmark S&P 500 index during the same period.U.S. markets are closed Monday for Presidents Day. Source: etfdailynews.com

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Consumer sentiment surges higher than expected after government shutdown ends

“The University of Michigan consumer sentiment index rose to 95.5 this month from 91.2 in January, preliminary data showed” writes unknown author for cnbc.com. The consumer sentiment data indicate that personal consumption expenditures will remain the strongest sector in the national economy in 2019, Curtin pointed out.”The assessment of current conditions was the second lowest since 2016, though the expectations read was significantly improved, back to levels seen in 2018. Source: cnbc.com

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Dow holds on to 300-point gain as Trump announces plan to declare national emergency on border security

“Legislation that was passed by Congress on Thursday allots about 1.4 billion for border security” writes Mark Decambre for marketwatch.com. The White House said the president planned on allocating $8 billion in funds for a border wall.The Dow Jones Industrial Average held on to its early gains Friday morning, as President Donald Trump said he would declare a national emergency over security at the U.S.-Mexico border at a news conference in the Rose Garden.The president’s plan sets up a potentially nasty fight between GOP and Democrats, as Trump seeks to…

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Stocks struggle, dragged down by consumer staples and financials

“The U.S. producer-price index fell by 0.1% in January, lower than the 0.1% increase expected by economist polled by MarketWatch” writes Markets Reporter for marketwatch.com. AVP, -11.03% skidded 11% after the beauty-products company reported fourth-quarter results.BLMN, +8.95% shares jumped 9% after the parent company of Outback Steakhouse reported fourth-quarter profits and sales that surpassed Wall Street expectations.Investors were caught off guard by a report showing that U.S. retail sales fell by 1.2% in December, the largest single-month decline since 2009 and well below the flat growth expected by economists polled…

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Dow, S&P 500 end session lower on retail-sales surprise, but tech and health-care stocks end higher

“The Dow and S&P 500 finished in the red on Wednesday, but finished well off the lows in a session colored by retail-sales figures that showed the worst one-month drop in nine years” writes Mark Decambre for marketwatch.com. The Dow finished down more than 100 points, or 0.4%, to 25,439, while the S&P 500 index SPX, -0.27% closed off 0.3% at 2,746, on a preliminary basis, snapping a four-day rise for the broad-market benchmark.At its lows the Dow was down by as many as 235 points before recovering somewhat.It’s the…

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Dow skids after ‘dreadful’ retail-sales report sparks recession fears

“The U.S. producer-price index fell by 0.1% in January, lower than the 0.1% increase expected by economist polled by MarketWatch” writes Markets Reporter for marketwatch.com. U.S. stocks struggled for direction Thursday, trading near unchanged after earlier declining in the wake of weak retail sales numbers and rising jobless claims that had punctured optimism over U.S.-China trade talks and a new deal to avoid a government shutdown. Source: marketwatch.com

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Crypto News 

Nasdaq to Offer Brave New Coin BTC and ETH Indexes

“Both of these indexes are designed to provide a real-time spot or reference rate for the price of 1 BTC and 1 ETH, respectively” writes Celeste Skinner for financemagnates.com. This interest has ranged from investments into crypto firms, supplying crypto exchanges with technology and plans to launch BTC futures.The new indexes are the Bitcoin Liquid Index (BLX) and the Ethereum Liquid Index (ELX).According to an alert from the exchange operator, Nasdaq will soon be sending real-time Bitcoin (BTC) and Ethereum (ETH) index level information, created by Brave New Coin, a…

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