Market Snapshot: After earnings barrage and data, stock-market moves now hinge on global trade

With the Federal Reserve meeting, monthly jobs report and the bulk of the earnings season behind us, U.S. equity investors will have no choice but to turn their focus back to global trade headlines in coming weeks.

Much will depend on incremental news from various trade negotiations happening concomitantly as the Trump administration’s delegation arrived in Beijing last week to hammer out a deal with the world’s second-largest economy.

Concerns over global trade and potential trade wars may have been keeping investors on the sidelines despite solid earnings season and positive economic background, so far.

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