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The Stock Market Did Nearly Nothing This Week. Why That’s a Good Thing.

Ben Levisohn

For investors, though, it’s a dream come true. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 147.24 points, or 0.6%, to close at 26,559.54, while the S&P 500 dipped 0.1% to 2905.03, and the Nasdaq Composite advanced 0.2% to 7998.06. Fears of a looming recession induced panic-selling in December and left investors wondering what had happened.