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The Week on Wall Street
Stock benchmarks were little changed for much of last week, but a rally occurred Friday after news broke that the U.S. and China could be closing in on the first phase of a new trade pact. 
At Friday's close, the Dow Jones Industrial Average crossed the 28,000 level. The Dow rose 1.17% for the week, outgaining the S&P 500 (which advanced 0.89%) and the Nasdaq Composite (which added 0.77%). The MSCI EAFE index, representing developed overseas stock markets, fell 0.77%.[1][2]

Will There Be a Trade Breakthrough?
Friday, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross told the media that "in all likelihood," a phase-one trade deal between China and the U.S. would presently happen, stating that the talks were "down to the last details." Thursday evening, White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow expressed similar optimism, noting that negotiations were "coming down to the short strokes."

That said, the Wall Street Journal reported last week that President Trump is not yet committed to signing a phase-one trade deal. Secretary Ross noted that such an agreement would be "relatively limited in scope."[3][4]

Consumers Boost Their Buying
Retail sales advanced 0.3% in October, according to the Department of Commerce. That surpassed the 0.2% gain forecast by economists polled by MarketWatch. Even so, households bought fewer big-ticket items than they did in September.[5]

Wednesday: Minutes from the October Federal Reserve meeting appear.
Thursday: The National Association of Realtors presents data on October existing home sales.
Friday: The University of Michigan publishes its final Consumer Sentiment Index for November (an assessment of consumer confidence).

Source: Econoday, November 15, 2019
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Tuesday: Home Depot (HD), Medtronic (MDT), TJX Companies (TJX)
Wednesday: Lowe's (LOW), Target (TGT)
Thursday: Intuit (INTU), Ross Stores (ROST)

Source: Zacks, November 15, 2019
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"Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself."

- George Bernard Shaw
The World's Easiest Fish Tacos

Who says it needs to be summer to enjoy some delicious fish tacos? Bring the beach in with these tasty treats!

[4 servings]

  • Frozen, prepared fish sticks (8 pieces)
  • 8 small tortillas (flour or corn)
  • Lettuce
  • Avocado
For the sauce:
  • ⅓ cup sour cream
  • ⅓ cup mayo
  • 1 Tbsp. taco seasoning

For the bean salsa:

  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 can sweet corn
  • 2 large tomatoes, diced
  • ½ cup red onion, diced
  • Cilantro to taste
  • 2 limes
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  1. Cook fish sticks according to the package instructions. 
  2. While the fish is cooking, mix all the sauce ingredients together. 
  3. For the bean salsa, mix all the ingredients together. 
  4. To assemble, place one piece of fish onto a tortilla and top with bean salsa, taco sauce, lettuce, and avocado. Garnish with the remaining cilantro. 

Recipe adapted from Lauren's Latest [6]

This Simple Trick Will Help You Eliminate Half of the Hole

Whether you tend to slice or hook your drives, where and how you set up your ball matters. You may not put much thought into where and how you tee up, but this tip will encourage you to think more about your setup.

To eliminate half the hole and improve your chances of hitting a good shot, play off the tee in a way that will compensate for your swing trend. In other words, if you tend to hit a slice, tee your ball up near the right tee marker and address the ball so that both your stance and clubface point to ten o'clock. This effectively opens up the left side of the fairway visually for you and orients you toward that direction. Before you employ this tip, know your shot trend for the day. On the practice tee, for example, were you tending to slice or hook today? This way, you'll have an idea of which side to set up on. It's also important to note that with this tip, you're not trying to force a different swing (aka stop slicing). You are recognizing your swing trend for the day and wisely playing to that.

Tip adapted from Golf Tips Magazine[8]
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[1] www.wsj.com/market-data

[2] quotes.wsj.com/index/XX/990300/historical-prices

[3] www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-11-15/kudlow-says-phase-one-china-deal-down-to-the-short-strokes-k2zgbx0k

[4] www.foxbusiness.com/politics/u-s-china-trade-deal-near-but-trump-not-signing-yet

[5] www.marketwatch.com/story/us-retail-sales-rebound-in-october-but-a-small-group-of-stores-reap-most-of-the-gains-2019-11-15

[6] laurenslatest.com/the-easiest-fish-tacos/

[7] www.irs.gov/newsroom/not-too-early-here-are-steps-taxpayers-can-take-now-to-get-ready-to-file-their-taxes-in-2019

[8] www.golftipsmag.com/video/driving/eliminate-half-the-golf-hole/

[9] www.health.harvard.edu/blog/12-tips-for-holiday-eating-201212245718

[10] morningchores.com/rainwater-harvesting/

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