The U.S. may be the largest economy in the world, but lately, international tension has come to the forefront. News that China cut its GDP growth target to 7.5% made many fearful of the impact that slower growth could have on the world economy, despite the longer-term benefits that a shift to a more internally focused economy would have on the emerging economic nation. Europe's potential impact on the global economy also continues to make investors wary. Just before 10:30 a.m. EST, the Dow Jones Industrials
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