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Stock market news: December 9, 2019

Heidi Chung

Stocks fell and closed at the lows of Monday’s trading session to kick off a busy week ahead. The Dow sank more than 100 points, as Apple, Goldman Sachs and Boeing dragged down the index.

Here’s how the market settled at the end of regular trading Monday:

  • S&P 500 (^GSPC): -0.32%, or 9.95 points

  • Dow (^DJI): -0.38%, or 105.46 points

  • Nasdaq (^IXIC): -0.40%, or 34.70 points

  • Crude oil (CL=F): -0.37% to $58.98 per barrel

  • Gold (GC=F): +0.01% to $1,465.20 per ounce

U.S.-China trade developments and the Federal Reserve will be the main focal points for investors this week.

Another round of tariffs is set to go into effect Sunday if the U.S. and China cannot agree on terms for a “phase one” trade deal. While the White House says it remains optimistic on getting a preliminary deal done, if none is reached before the deadline, approximately $165 billion worth of Chinese imports will be slapped with 15% tariffs. Most of the goods impacted will be consumer electronics. White House economic advisor Larry Kudlow said Friday that the two feuding sides were close to getting a deal done but that the U.S. also prepared to walk away if the terms were not favorable.

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In addition, investors will turn their attention to the Federal Reserve Wednesday when the central bank concludes its last policy-setting meeting of the year.

After cutting interest rates three consecutive times this year, economists broadly expect the Fed to hold rates steady. The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) will release an updated dot plot, policy statement, and economic projections. Fed Chair Jay Powell will also deliver a press conference.

“Fed policy is likely to remain unchanged through the end of 2020,” Credit Suisse economist James Sweeney wrote in a note to clients Thursday. “Downside risks remain, but a healthy labor market and strong consumer finances should prevent a more worrisome downturn in growth. Meanwhile, inflation is likely to rise towards the Fed’s 2.0% target by early next year, but we do not expect a sharp move higher.”

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Heidi Chung is a reporter at Yahoo Finance. Follow her on Twitter: @heidi_chung.

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