Stock markets around the world have increasingly traded in concert with each other. But today, U.S. stocks are bucking the global trend, posting gains even as major markets in Asia and Europe are mostly lower. A big drop in the Consumer Price Index has taken inflation concerns off the table, and many analysts believe that it could set the stage for the Federal Reserve to take further action when it meets next week. That's helped push the Dow Jones Industrials
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