Wall Street muted on doubts over progress in US-China trade deal

The S&P 500 and Dow indexes treaded water on Thursday as mixed headlines on US-China relations and a diplomatic row over the Hong Kong protests added to uncertainty over the timing of a "phase one" trade deal.

The US House of Representatives passed two bills to back protesters in Hong Kong and send a warning to China about human rights, a measure which angered Beijing. But China has invited top US trade negotiators for a new round of face-to-face talks in Beijing, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday, citing unnamed.....

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