Amrith Ramkumar

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New York, N.Y.

Amrith Ramkumar

Markets Reporter at The Wall Street Journal



Dow Industrials Close Above 22000 for First Time

A surge in Apple shares sent the Dow Jones Industrial Average past 22000 for the first time, the latest milestone in a stock-market rally that has stretched into its ninth year. The Dow industrials are up 20% since Election Day, bolstered by highflying technology companies and U.S. firms that have reported strong earnings.
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Once Part of ‘Trump Trade,’ Copper Now Propelled Higher by China

Copper, once buoyed by optimism over President Donald Trump’s infrastructure plans, is now being powered to fresh highs by optimism over China. Prices for July delivery closed up 4.1% Tuesday at $2.8405 a pound on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange, its highest since May 2015. The industrial metal used for manufacturing and construction has increased in 10 of the past 12 sessions and is up 14% in 2017.
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Tech Stocks Eclipse Record From Dot-Com Era

Tech stocks broke a nearly two-decade-old record Wednesday. The S&P 500’s information-technology sector ended the day at 992.29, closing above its previous all-time high of 988.49 set in March 2000 at the peak of the dot-com bubble. Tech stocks are by far the best-performing among the index’s 11 sectors this year, up 23% after posting their […]
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A Prime Reminder of How Amazon Is Rewriting the Rules on Retail Stocks

Traditional retail stocks like were pummeled yet again on Monday, the latest reminder that stockpickers need to throw out the old rulebook when it comes to valuing brick-and-mortar stores. And as The Wall Street Journal’s Morning MoneyBeat newsletter noted, it was another example of how good news for spells bad news for other retailers.
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Duke’s Executive Vice President Tallman Trask hit parking attendant with car, accused of using racial slur

This story is part one in a two-part investigative series. The second part will examine the culture in the Parking and Transportation Services Department and will be published later this week. A parking attendant has alleged that Executive Vice President Tallman Trask, the University’s primary financial and administrative officer, used a racial slur after hitting her with his car.
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What’s Behind the Ballooning Upper Middle Class? Education

The upper middle class is surging, according to a recent study. One big reason: Its members are passing on more than money. The upper middle class, defined using incomes adjusted for inflation and family size, expanded from 12.9 percent of the U.S. population in 1979 to 29.4 percent in 2014, an Urban Institute report released in June found.
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Men’s soccer player’s lawsuit gives rare look at how Duke decides sexual misconduct cases

As litigation continues about whether Duke improperly suspended men's soccer player Ciaran McKenna for rape, a superior court judge has allowed him to stay on campus as a student. After being suspended, McKenna sued Duke and Dean of Student Conduct Stephen Bryan on the grounds that the University violated its own policies during the disciplinary process.
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NC State forward Abdul-Malik Abu balances Ramadan fast, on-court improvement

Like many of the approximately 3 million other people in the U.S. who practice Islam, Abdul-Malik Abu chooses to fast when the sun is up during the month of Ramadan. The main difference between Abu and others who fast is that the 6-foot-8 forward also has to keep his weight up during the month to prepare for the next basketball season while going without food and water for more than 14 hours each day.
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Stem Cell Clinics Selling Risky Treatments Explode Across the U.S.

Unproven stem cell therapies have been scorned as “medicine’s Wild West.”. Patients have died while undergoing treatment. Yet others have called them “miraculous.”. Hundreds of NFL players have sought them out. A study published today in the journal Cell Stem Cell finds that there are 570 clinics operated by 351 companies selling stem-cell procedures directly to consumers in the U.S., raising concerns that unapproved treatments could cost patients thousands of dollars and threaten their health.
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More Americans Are Dying in Poverty

The official measure of who’s poor doesn’t include the healthcare costs faced by the elderly. Harlem residents choose free groceries at a food pantry run by the Food Bank For New York City on December 11, 2013 in New York City. When Donald Trump says almost four in ten black American youths live in poverty, he’s technically correct.
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Injury study spurs debate on soccer-related concussions

A new study on concussion rates in youth soccer has renewed a debate over how to protect young athletes from the dangers of head injuries. The study found that more than half the concussions among girls and almost 70 percent among boys were caused by player-to-player contact rather than contact between the ball and a player’s head.
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COMEBACK KIDS: Duke men's basketball overcomes second straight double-digit deficit to down North Carolina, advance to ACC title game

When Jayson Tatum missed a left wing 3-pointer with about 13 minutes left, the ball rolled softly toward the left elbow between North Carolina star Justin Jackson and Duke's Grayson Allen. It was a classic 50-50 ball, the kind that decide big-time games and that the Blue Devils' best teams always seem to get.
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Amrith Ramkumar

I am a journalist at The Wall Street Journal covering markets with a focus on metals and commodities. I recently graduated from Duke University with a B.A. in political science, a minor in statistics and a certificate in journalism. A native of Norman, Okla., I previously interned at Bloomberg News and Raleigh News & Observer in 2015. I was the sports editor of The Chronicle, Duke's independent student newspaper, and served as editor-in-chief in 2015-16. When not focusing on journalism and media, I enjoy watching sports.



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