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The U.S. dollar fell against the euro and the yen Tuesday.

But the greenback strengthened against commodity-sensitive currencies, following weaker-than-expected trade data from China and as a rout in crude-oil prices, iron ore, and copper put pressure on resource-export currencies, analysts said.

Read also: Oil selloff drives commodity-linked currencies to multiyear lows

“A lot of the takedown in the resource currencies is being blamed on China’s trade data and falling commodity prices, which are likely to impact the currencies further,” said Colin Cieszynski, chief market strategist at CMC Markets.

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Heavy smog obscures Tiananmen Square, one of China’s most famous landmarks.

China’s smog, which prompted the government to issue a “red alert” for the first time in its history, has claimed its first human casualties.

Six people died and several more were injured in a 33-vehicle pileup on a highway in northern China, according to the Continue reading

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A rout in oil prices rattled equities but benefited Treasurys.

Treasury yields ended modestly higher Tuesday as stocks posted back-to-back slumps fueled by a persistent rout in the commodity market.

Early in the day, Treasury prices rose, pushing yields lower, as investors sold assets considered risky in favor of haven investments, like U.S. Continue reading

The Russell 2000 Index of small-company stocks has been a dud for much of 2015.

Nevertheless, small-cap stocks are about to enter bullish seasonality, and the Russell 2000 chart is outright fascinating.

Bullish seasonality

In terms of seasonality, December is the best month of the year for stocks, in general, and for small-caps, in particular.

Starting around mid-December, small-cap stocks tend to outperform large-cap stocks.

Russell 2000 chart

As the weekly bar chart shows, the Russell 2000 is bumping against major resistance. There is ascending four-year-trend-line resistance and the red bar, made up of the March, June, December 2014 highs, and March Continue reading

Down to your last belt loop and your last penny? These seemingly unrelated phenomena may have more in common than you think, a new survey shows.

Dining out is the No. 1 thing that Americans blow their budgets on, according to the Principal Financial Group’s annual Financial Well Being Index, which will be released Wednesday (MarketWatch got an early look at the data). The company surveyed more than 1,100 employed American adults.

Those restaurant meals are also adding to our growing waistlines: On days when people dine out, they tend to consume 200 more calories than when they eat at home, according to a study of more than 12,500 people published by Public Health Nutrition last Continue reading