It was "beat the dollar" week all around the world. Even sharply higher 
      interest rates in the U.S. could not stop the drubbing of the dollar, which 
      fell against the yen and the mark. The currency woes overshadowed good news in 
      earnings and takeovers. In the U.S. equity markets, big- and mid-cap stocks 
      finished the week little changed. Yields of three-month Treasury bills climbed 
      over 4%, reflecting concerns over the economy's strength.
      
      
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