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USA Today MoneyDec 13, 2019
Trade agreement: Stocks little changed after Trump and China reach partial trade deal
U.S. stocks closed virtually unchanged Friday as investor optimism waned on a limited trade accord between Washington and Beijing.      

UPDATE 1-Wall St Week Ahead-Trade deal removes major hurdle for rally in Apple and tech (Reuters Company News)

Reuters Company NewsDec 13, 2019
US STOCKS-Wall Street steady as U.S., China announce trade deal
* Indexes up: Dow 0.01%, S&P 500 0.01%, Nasdaq 0.2% (Updates with close of U.S. market)

CNBC FinanceDec 13, 2019
Stocks close little changed to end winning week as US and China strike an initial trade deal
Stocks were little changed on Friday after China and the U.S. agreed to a phase one trade deal as investors concluded a solid week of gains.

KiplingerDec 13, 2019
European Dividend Aristocrats: 41 Top-Flight International Dividend Stocks
America's stock market ran wild in 2019, putting up a far-above-average year despite trade skirmishes, global economic sluggishness and political tumult. That's great for those already invested in stocks, but anyone with new money to spend is left looking at a lot of overvalued equities with severely depressed yields.

One solution? Peer over the Atlantic and seek out European Dividend Aristocrats.

You're certainly familiar with the S&P Dividend Aristocrats - 57 dividend stocks that have raised their payouts for 25 or more years. Well, the European Dividend Aristocrats are of a similar vein. To qualify as European payout royalty, a company needs to show only 10 or more years of stable or increasing dividends. But these companies also provide investors with diversification and much more reasonable valuation than many of their American brethren.

Another perk: European Dividend Aristocrats yield more - substantially more. As of this writing, they collectively yield 3.2%, versus 1.9% for the S&P Dividend Aristocrats.

Read on to explore all 41 European Dividend Aristocrats.

SEE ALSO: The 20 Best Stocks to Buy for 2020

MarketWatchDec 13, 2019
Market Snapshot: S&P 500, Nasdaq eke out new records in wake of U.S.-China trade pact
U.S. stocks closed slightly higher Friday after President Donald Trump and Chinese officials announced a trade pact that includes a rollback of some tariffs, the scrapping of further duties originally set for Sunday, and promises of targeted U.S. agricultural purchases by China.

S&P 500, Nasdaq notch records to end the week as market weighs merits of limited China trade-deal (MarketWatch MarketPulse)

Yahoo BusinessDec 13, 2019
Should You Buy Two Harbors Investment Corp (TWO)?
We are still in an overall bull market and many stocks that smart money investors were piling into surged through the end of November. Among them, Facebook and Microsoft ranked among the top 3 picks and these stocks gained 54% and 51% respectively. Hedge funds' top 3 stock picks returned 41.7% this year and beat […]

MarketWatch MarketPulseDec 13, 2019
Supreme Court to hear Trump financial-records cases next year
The Supreme Court said Friday it will hear three cases next year involving President Donald Trump's financial records. Trump has sought to keep his tax and bank records private, and rulings against him could result in the quick release of personal financial information, the Associated Press wrote. Arguments will take place in late March with decisions poised for June.

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MarketWatch MarketPulseDec 13, 2019
U.S. oil futures settle above $60 for first time since mid-September
Oil futures settled higher on Friday, with U.S. prices above $60 a barrel for the first time since mid-September. Traders digested news of a preliminary phase one U.S.-China trade deal that helped ease worries about the outlook for energy demand. The question of whether U.S. benchmark crude-oil futures can "break above multi-month resistance in the low $60s will depend on U.S.-China trade relations; a favorable deal with material tariff reductions will be supportive of a move higher in oil, while continued confusion on the status of the deal will keep energy markets capped," said Tyler Richey, co-editor at Sevens Report Research. January West Texas Intermediate oil rose 89 cents, or 1.5%, to settle at $60.07 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. For the week, prices rose 1.5%, according to FactSet data.

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MarketWatch MarketPulseDec 13, 2019
AT&T to raise quarterly dividend by 2% to 52 cents a share, retire $100 million of stock in Q1
AT&T Inc. said Friday its board has agreed to increase its quarterly dividend by 2% to 52 cents a share. The new dividend is payable Feb. 3 to shareholders of record as of Jan. 10. The company said it has begun retiring shares after entering a $4 billion accelerated share repurchase program and plans to retire about $100 million worth in the first quarter of 2020. AT&T is also on track to hit its 2019 net debt-to-adjusted EBITDA ratio target in the 2.5 times range and expects its leverage ratio to range from 2.0 times to 2.25 times by the end of 2022. Shares were slightly lower Friday, but have gained 34% in 2019, while the S&P 500 has gained 26%.

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MarketWatch Breaking NewsDec 13, 2019
Stocks squeeze out gains Friday as investors don't fully buy China trade deal
Stocks squeeze out gains Friday as investors don't fully buy China trade deal - China, Economy & TradeDec 13, 2019
US stocks eke out record after China reveals trade deal progress
China agrees to gradual reduction in tariffs as part of ‘phase one' trade deal with US

Reuters Company NewsDec 13, 2019
Wall St Week Ahead-Trade deal removes major hurdle for rally in Apple and tech
U.S. President Donald Trump's limited trade deal with China removes a major hurdle for Apple and other technology stocks that have already surged this year to record highs.

MarketWatchDec 13, 2019
Metals Stocks: Gold prices settle higher to score a gain for the week
Gold prices settle higher on Friday, buoyed by weakness in the dollar and a fall in bond yields, as traders struggled to sort out details of news that the U.S. and China have agreed to a phase-one trade deal.

Gold prices settle higher to post a weekly rise of over 1% (MarketWatch MarketPulse)

CNBC BusinessDec 12, 2019
Jim Cramer reveals a list of stocks worth buying on a US-China trade deal
"Just remember, please, these are mostly short-term trades, not investments," the "Mad Money" host says.
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