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Santoli: Stocks fluctuate near key thresholds as the market hints at a change in character

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), December 3, 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.

  • The tape remains sloppy and tentative, but it's trying to hold together at significant levels. It's churning near the low end of a three-month range following a tepid early bounce attempt. So far it's refusing to break down decisively.

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