Markets offered investors some relief as the S&P 500 Index rose 4.5% over the past five trading days. However, the S&P 500 is still down 11% from its April high, with more than half of the losses accruing in August alone.
Mixed economic data has complicated trading decisions lately. In a positive move, the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Index fell less than expected. But consumer confidence recently dropped more than expected, hitting a two-year low despite a July rise in co
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