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wallstreet-011215_17aug18.jpg Stocks moved mostly higher over the course of the trading session on Friday after recovering from an early move to the downside. The Dow added to the substantial gain posted in the previous session to reach its best closing level in nearly six months.

donald-trump-081718.jpg In an apparent continuation of efforts to use the revocation of security clearance as a punishment, President Donald Trump has now set his sights on former Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr.

myanmar-flag-081718.jpg Citing alleged ethnic cleansing and other widespread human rights abuses, the Treasury Department on Friday announced sanctions on four Myanmar security officials and two of the country's military units.

rttnewspaper-aug17.jpg Major cryptocurrencies, except Ethereum, opened the week in green, but gains were short-lived and the cryptocurrency market was a sea of red by Tuesday after Bitcoin fell below the crucial mark of $6,000 late Monday. Cryptocurrencies suffered losses the previous week after the US financial markets watchdog delayed its decision on a Bitcoin exchange-traded-fund.

wallstreet-111814_17aug18.jpg After an early move to the downside, the major averages have turned mixed over the course of the trading session on Friday. While the Dow and the S&P 500 have climbed into positive territory, the tech-heavy Nasdaq remains in the red.

trump01-aug17.jpg President Donald Trump announced the cancellation of his planned military parade in Washington, D.C. on Friday, blaming local politicians for the high cost of the celebration to commemorate the centennial of the end of World War I.

strikes-aug17.jpg A new Pentagon report has warned that the Chinese military "is likely training for strikes" against the United States and allied targets in the Pacific. The report warns that Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) has been developing strike capabilities to engage targets as far away from China as possible. "Over the last three years, the PLA has rapidly expanded its overwater bomber operating a

google-aug17.jpg Hundreds of Google employees signed a petition protesting the company's secret project to develop a censored version of its search engine for China. In a letter, posted by Buzzfeed and first reported by the New York Times, the employees said that work on the project and Google's return to China raises "urgent moral and ethical issues." Google is trying to keep a foothold in China.

wallstreet-111914_17aug18.jpg After moving notably higher in the previous session, stocks have given back some ground in morning trading on Friday. Selling pressure had remained relatively subdued, however, limiting the downside for the markets.

trump-aug17.jpg The US Government created an Iran Action Group to implement the Trump administration's new Iran strategy to protect America's national security, and the security of its allies and partners. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo said the Group will be responsible for directing, reviewing, and coordinating all aspects of the State Department's Iran-related activity, and it will report directly to him.

ripple01-aug17.jpg US-based blockchain startup Ripple has partnered with three cryptocurrency trading platforms, U.S.-based Bittrex, Mexico's Bitso, and Philippines' Coins.Ph, to provide cross-border payments settlement solutions on its blockchain-based payments solution, xRapid. xRapid is powered by Ripple's XRP, the digital asset for payments, to offer on-demand liquidity.

leading-indicator-index-081718.jpg A report released by the Conference Board on Friday showed a bigger than expected increase by its index of leading U.S. economic indicators in the month of July. The Conference Board said its leading economic index climbed by 0.6 percent.

shopping-aug17.jpg Partly reflecting concerns about inflation, the University of Michigan released a report on Friday unexpectedly showing a notable deterioration in U.S. consumer sentiment in the month of August. The preliminary report said the consumer sentiment index dropped to 95.3.

trumpsec-aug17.jpg U.S. President Donald Trump has expressed support for a possible end to quarterly earnings reports for publicly traded companies, saying it would allow greater flexibility and save money.

wallstreet-112014_17aug18.jpg Stocks may give back ground in early trading on Friday following the strong upward move seen in the previous session. The major index futures are currently pointing to a moderately lower open for the markets, with the Dow futures down by 47 points.

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