Monday was the US official day off, so trading opened on Tuesday.

Major stock indexes showed slight increase, as the rise in prices of Walmart shares offset the fall in the financial and health sectors. The value of Walmart shares rose after the company reported exceeding quarterly earnings expectations. The retailer also reported that online sales soared 43% y / y in the last quarter. Strong company data brought relief to investors with investments in retail stocks, after weak retail data put pressure on the segment. Some impact also had data for the United States. A report by the National Association of Housebuilders (NAHB) showed that in February the housing market index rose to 62 from 58 in January. Analysts expected the index to rise only to 59 points.

The next day, the markets finished in positive territory. Investors continued to follow the latest round of US-China trade negotiations. In addition, the Fed's minutes were of interest, they reported that the Fed leaders at their meeting held on January 29-30, agreed to announce their intention to stop balance reduction later this year. The executives also took a pause in the rate hike cycle until there was more clarity about the consequences of the increasing risks to the growth of the US economy, which appeared since the rate was raised in December.

On Thursday, the dynamics changed to negative due to the fact that the market was put under pressure by disappointing data and sales of shares in the health sector. The market participants continued to monitor the course of trade negotiations between the United States and China. The Philadelphia Fed Report showed that its business index deteriorated in February to -4.1 from 17.0 in January. The value was significantly lower than economists forecast 14.0. The decline was the largest monthly decline since August 2011. Meanwhile, the US Department of Commerce reported that orders for durable goods rose 1.2% in December after rising 1.0% in November (revised from 0.8%). In addition, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) reported that home sales in the US secondary market fell by 1.2% to 4.94 million units on an annualized basis in January after a decline of 4.0% to 5.00 million in December. The continuing decline surprised economists, who expected sales in the secondary housing market to rise to 5.00 million, against 4.99 million, which were originally reported the previous week.

The week ended in the "green zone". The main reason for the growth was the shares of technology companies, rising against the background of signs of progress in trade negotiations between the United States and China. In the past two days, summit talks were held in Washington, during which representatives of the two countries discussed the details of a number of agreements aimed at ending the trade war between the two largest economies in the world. After meeting with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He, US President Trump announced that he was ready to extend the deadline for concluding a trade agreement with China, scheduled for March 1. Meanwhile, trade tensions between the US and Europe are increasing. According to a Bloomberg report, the EU is preparing to hit heavy vehicles made by US companies such as Caterpillar (CAT) if the US introduces duties on tariffs for cars produced in the EU.

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