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Stocks try to round out 2018 with a big gain

New York (CNN Business)Stocks are trying to finish a difficult year on a positive note.The Dow opened 150 points higher on the final day of 2018. The S&P 500 rose 0.7% and Nasdaq futures was up 0.8%.See what's driving markets nowFear and Greed indexThe DowHot stocks and key moversNasdaqBondsThe market moved higher after President Donald Trump expressed optimism Saturday that the United States could strike a trade deal with China. He tweeted a deal is "moving along very well," calling negotiations "very comprehensive." But barring a miracle, this will be the worst December since the Great Depression and the second down year for US markets since the financial meltdown of 2008. For the year, the S&P 500 is down 6.3%, the Dow is down 5.8% and t ...