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Santoli’s Thursday market notes: Stocks are choppy ahead of a key date, but the market’s character hasn’t changed

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A trader works on the trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in Manhattan, New York City, U.S., August 17, 2021.
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This is the daily notebook of Mike Santoli, CNBC's senior markets commentator, with ideas about trends, stocks and market statistics.

  • Stocks remain in the September "chop zone," with buyers presumably below near the 3% to 5% down line but less urgency to top up equity risk in an options-expiration week in the middle of what can be a dicey time of year.

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