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US Stocks Edge Higher in Unsteady Trade11/29 10:02

   Stocks edged mostly higher in unsteady trading on Wall Street Tuesday as 
some concerns dissipate over protests in China against that country's severe 
COVID restrictions.

   NEW YORK (AP) -- Stocks edged mostly higher in unsteady trading on Wall 
Street Tuesday as some concerns dissipate over protests in China against that 
country's severe COVID restrictions.

   The S&P 500 rose 0.1% as of 10:19 a.m. Eastern after bobbing between small 
gains and losses throughout the morning. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was 
little changed at 33,850 and the Nasdaq fell less than 0.1%.

   Small-company stocks were mostly higher. The Russell 2000 rose 0.6%.

   Energy stocks rose as U.S. crude oil prices climbed 2.4%. Valero rose 1%. 
Several big health care and technology stocks fell and weighed on the broader 
markets. UnitedHealth Group slipped 1% and Apple slipped 0.5%.

   Bond yields gained ground. The yield on the 10-year Treasury, which 
influences mortgage rates, rose to 3.73% from 3.68% late Monday.

   Markets in Europe were mixed and markets in Asia rose broadly.

   Hong Kong's benchmark index jumped 3.5% as protests in China seemingly 
calmed down amid a heightened police presence in major cities and the 
government eases some of its lockdown restrictions.

   China's "zero-COVID" policy includes strict lockdown procedures that have 
crimped the nation's economy and threaten global supply chains. That has added 
to broader concerns globally about stubbornly hot inflation and the potential 
for recessions to hit economies worldwide.

   Wall Street's big focus remains the Federal Reserve's fight against the 
hottest inflation in decades. The central bank has been aggressively raising 
interest rates to make borrowing more difficult and tame high prices. The Fed's 
benchmark rate currently stands at 3.75% to 4%, up from close to zero in March.

   Fed Chair Jerome Powell will speak at the Brookings Institution about the 
outlook for the U.S. economy and the labor market on Wednesday. Investors have 
been hoping that the Fed could ease up on its rate increases and are closely 
watching the latest data on inflation, consumer spending and the employment 
market.

   The Conference Board reported on Tuesday that consumer confidence fell 
slightly in November from October, but remains relatively strong. Consumer 
spending has been solid area of the economy, along with employment.

   The U.S. government will be releasing several reports about the labor market 
this week. A report about job openings and labor turnover for October will be 
released Wednesday, followed by a weekly unemployment claims report Thursday. 
The closely watched monthly report on the job market will be released on Friday.

 
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