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Stock market books tepid gains to end the week as market weighs merits of limited China trade-deal

The S&P 500 and the Nasdaq Composite finished the week at records Friday but enthusiasm over an announced China-U.S. partial trade deal, which had sparked buying Thursday, faded as investors weighed aspects of the so-called phase-one pact.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed up about 0.01% at 28,135, missing a record close at 28,164, while the S&P 500 index advanced less than 0.01% to 3,169, enough for a fresh all time high. The Nasdaq Composite Index closed up 0.2% to end at 8,735, marking its second straight all-time closing peak.

For the week, the Dow gained 0.4%, the S&P 500 returned 0.7%, while the technology-laden Nasdaq gained 0.9% for the five-day period. Underpinning the week's advance was the easing of fears --at least temporarily--surrounding two of the biggest points of friction for stock-market investors: U.K. elections and trade tensions.

The U.S. and China announced a limited agreement Friday to halt the trade war, eliminating tariffs that were set to go into effect Sunday; but some critics worry that the phase-one deal may not accomplish as much to alleviate future trade tensions as had been expected--a point that some say doesn't entirely help business leaders make strategic plans.

Meanwhile, a resounding election victory for Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Conservative Party raised hopes for a quick divorce from the European Union.

In corporate news, shares of Live Nation Entertainment Inc tumbled after the Wall Street Journal reported that the Justice Department was preparing to take legal action against the company, alleging that it sought to strong-arm concert venues into using its dominant Ticketmaster subsidiary.

Source : MarketWatch

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