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Market Roundup: Mixed Moves End in Slight Gains for the Week as Fed Increases Interest Rates

Market Roundup: Mixed Moves End in Slight Gains for the Week as Fed Increases Interest Rates

The markets opened the week mixed as investors anticipated the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates later in the week. Tuesday’s action was marked by a selloff in the oil market, as investors worried that an increase in U.S. production could impede efforts to reduce supply, which has kept oil prices sliding since January 2016. In economic news, the Producer Price Index climbed 0.3% in February following a 0.6% jump in January. As expected, midweek, the Federal Reserve announced it would raise interest rates, and stocks rose on the news. Furthermore, the Fed officials indicated they expect to raise short-term interest rates three times this year. Indices ended with mixed moves on Thursday, with Financials ending strong while Health Care and Utilities took a breather. Housing starts ticked up in February, increasing 3% last month while building permits dipped 6.2%. The indices continued with mixed moves on Friday as the Dow Jones Industrial Average and S+P 500 shed some points while t

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