The United States Stock Market

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The United States stock market has experienced many interesting events this year, testing the nerves of millions of people around the world. The market started the year with the worst two-week performance in its history, creating a lot of uncertainty for the year to come. A severe decline in oil prices caused many firms within the energy industry to suffer. However, despite these negative events, gold saw its best quarter in 30 years, the market had a large reversal, and oil has been recovering. These volatile movements provided an amazing opportunity to make money for investors, relief for those who had holdings during this time, and a better outlook for firms. Two firms that have had an interesting year so far are ExxonMobil Corp. and Apple Inc. Exxon has experienced the effects of macroeconomic variables, while Apple has had some internal issues that lead to some stock price fluctuations. In early 2016, the U.S. stock market experienced its worst two week start in history, experiencing what is known as a correction, which is defined as a decline of at least 10% from recent highs. The major factor behind the correction was fear over the Chinese economy. China worried the world economy when its stock market was performing very poorly. In the summer of 2015, it took weeks for world markets to react to China’s market crashing. However, on January 4, 2016, the world felt the effects of China’s crash almost immediately. News from the private index of Chinese manufacturing data
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