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Market Snapshot: Clinton-Trump debate showdown carries potential to sock stocks

Investors will be keeping a close eye on the first of the presidential debates between Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton and GOP nominee Donald Trump for signs of a momentum shift in the heated race.

The outcome from the head-to-head matchup carries the potential to deliver a jolt to U.S. equity markets coming off closely watched policy decisions by central bankers.

Stocks finished the week higher, even with a Friday downturn, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.71% advancing 0.8%, and both the S&P 500 index SPX, -0.57% and the Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, -0.63% rising 1.2%, following a widely expected move on part of the Federal Reserve not to raise interest rates in September.

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