COMMENTARY A dreary week in the world financial markets. U.S. stocks were generally lackluster, as both stocks and bonds continued to meander aimlessly. Small- and midsize-company stocks were off 0.7%. Bonds were also undistinguished performers, with both long- and short-term interest rates edging upward. Inflation expectations continued to dog the markets, with traders discouraged on July 27 by word of a greater-than-expected rise in durable-goods orders during June.
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