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The Dow and S&P 500 both broke three-week losing streaks last week, and the Nasdaq Composite was up for the second week in a row.
We're heading back up closer to all-time highs.
The Dow's only 582 points, or 2.12%, from Olympus, and the S&P 500's only 1.9% from its all-time highs. On the other hand, the Nasdaq Composite, the index that's been higher for two weeks, is 3.5% away from "magic land."
So why do I say this is just a "kind-of rally" with all this seemingly good news?
Clearly last week was an otherwise down week if not for the one positive lifting market on Friday: trade talks.
This was good news, until it was stripped down and re-rated by market judges.
The reason that the Dow was up more than 500 points but ended up on Friday only 242 points higher was the whole judgement thing.
The United States looked like it scored a victory because China agreed to purchase $40 billion to $50 billion in U.S. agricultural products, at least according to the White House, but the time frame of any purchases wasn't immediately clear.
Also, China agreed to open its market to international financial services, again according to the White House. Trump, potentially allowing U.S. banks and insurance companies to expand in China: no timetable there either.
China looks like it scored on account of the United States not moving forward on Oct. 15 with a planned increase in tariff rates to 30% from 25% on about $250 billion of Chinese goods.
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