S&P 500 Posts Best Start Since 1997 as Stocks Beat Bonds, Dollar

S&P 500 Posts Best Start Since 1997 as Stocks Beat Bonds, Dollar

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A trader works at the New York Stock Exchange in New York. The last time U.S. stocks had a better start was in 1997, when the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index climbed 6.1 percent in January to end the year with a 31 percent gain, an increase it hasn’t matched since.