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Aug. 3, 2021, 12:00 p.m. EDT

U.S. stocks struggle for direction as investors assess earnings, COVID worries

By MarketWatch


U.S. stocks drift between small gains and losses Tuesday, as traders grappled with concerns over how the global economy will withstand a more deadly variant of coronavirus as well as Chinese regulatory action. See full story.

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Home prices could cool when the Fed tapers its bond-buying program. But a crisis? Unlikely.

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Investors are worried a new level of regulation could be coming for the hard-hit technology sector in China. See full story.


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