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Underwhelming US economic data and the aftermath of the latest North Korean missile launch did little to shake up US equities at the start of trading on Friday.
The S&P 500 opened flat at 2,495, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average — which finished at a third straight record closing high on Thursday — was up 0.15 per cent at 22,237. The Nasdaq Composite was also relatively unmoved at 6,427.
The dollar took a leg lower on the disappointing retail figures. It’s down 0.45 per cent on the day so far at 91.71. Yield on the US Treasury 10-year note was little changed at 2.19 per cent, while gold was equally placid at $1,329.40 a troy ounce.