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Market Snapshot: Stock market continues to ignore threats from trade war

A recent survey by Bank of America Merrill Lynch found that more than 80% of professional fund managers say that a trade war is their biggest concern, yet you wouldn’t notice it by the performance of the U.S. equity markets.

The S&P 500 index SPX, -0.09% is trading near its all-time high levels set in January, having risen 3% over the past three weeks.

The Nasdaq Composite COMP, -0.07% and Russell 2000 RUT, -0.26% set intraday records last week, and have booked double-digit returns so far this year. Such optimism about technology and small-cap stocks is largely due to a perception that they are insulated from potential trade wars.

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