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Next week’s trading action could mark the culmination of some of the most significant hang-ups confronting investors, including the possible return to March-style shutdown as cases of COVID-19 rise domestically and elsewhere in the world. See full story.

Next week will be full of key U.S. economic insights and Fed decisions overshadowed by the elections

All of the focus is on the outcome of the president election, but several key economic indicators and a Fed meeting will reveal a lot about the future patch of the economy. See full story.

These are the worst-performing stocks in October as Big Tech slumps

The information technology sector fell over 5% for the month, the biggest drop for any industry. See full story.

People are spending over three times more money ‘gambling’ on hot stocks than at casinos and on lottery tickets and sports betting

Researchers studied ‘lottery’ stocks, which have low prices and high volatility. See full story.

Here are the Senate races to watch, as Democrats battle to take control from Republicans

If Democrats take control of the U.S. Senate, that could shake up key sectors such as tech, health care, finance and energy — especially if the Nov. 3 election brings a “blue wave” that puts Joe Biden in the White House. See full story.

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Residents reflect on the pandemic and the costs of globalization. See full story.