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Stocks open flat following Tik-Tok, WeChat ban announcement

Stocks open flat following Tik-Tok, WeChat ban announcement
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Stock markets on Friday opened flat following a Trump administration announcement that it would ban Chinese-owned apps WeChat and TikTok from U.S. app stores, a move that could escalate tensions with China.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average opened down 25 points, or 0.1 percent, and the S&P 500 was up 1.5 points, a rounding error in percentage terms.

Markets have fluctuated dramatically in recent weeks, retreating from new record highs only to waver in their bounce back.

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If stocks do not lose steam Friday, markets will see their first week of positive gains in September.

Traders are keeping their eyes on stalled Washington negotiations over a fifth COVID-19 relief package, which could unleash upward of $1 trillion in additional fiscal relief.

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