Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on April 9, 2018 in New York City. Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP
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U.S. stocks fluctuated in a wide range Wednesday as escalating tensions in the Middle East and political dissonance in Washington kept investors on edge ahead of earnings season.The market gained 2 percent over the first two sessions of the week as trade tensions appeared to ease. The flight to higher-quality assets Wednesday spurred a jump in gold and sent the 10-year Treasury yield to 2.78 percent. S&P 500 Index was down 0.1 percent as of 11:48 a.m. in New York. The Nasdaq 100 Index and Nasdaq Composite Index rose 0.2 percent. Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index dipped 0.2 percent to the lowest in over two weeks.Germany's 10-year yield decreased two basis points to 0.497 percent. Britain's 10-year yield fell two basis points to 1.39 percent.
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