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Global Markets: Dollar gains, stocks scale fresh highs on data, trade deal


NEW YORK (Reuters) - The dollar rose while key world and stock indexes on Wall Street scaled new records on Thursday as the U.S.-China trade deal, strong corporate earnings and encouraging U.S. economic data lifted equity markets.

Oil rose as the long-awaited Phase 1 trade deal brought some relief to markets, while gold prices slid below the psychological level of $1,500 an ounce as the upbeat data signaled a healthy U.S. economy.

U.S. retail sales increased for a third straight month in December and the number of Americans filing claims for unemployment benefits dropped for ...


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