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A number of traders are learning to tune out President Trump's rhetoric: The value of the dollar is up today despite Trump's claim that the greenback is "too strong," and pharmaceutical shares are up since his inauguration despite a vow to crack down on high drug prices.

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Data: Money.net; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon / Axios

Reversals: The dollar has rallied by 0.43% today, and the Mexican peso has recovered much of the value it lost between Trump's election and his inauguration; since Jan. 20, the peso is up 15.5%. The PowerShares Dynamic Pharmaceuticals ETF, meanwhile, has gained 8.2% since inauguration day, compared with a 4.8% rise in the S&P 500.

Why it matters: Some traders are separating rhetoric from action, and may be scaling back their expectations of how much of the president's agenda will be enacted.

The exception: Bond markets appear to take the president more seriously. Trump has stated a preference for low interest rates, and the yield on the 10-year T-note has fallen 1.75% over the past two trading days.

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The big picture: TikTok's algorithm makes it easy for flashback items to resurface and quickly go viral both on its platform and eventually on other social networks.

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Reports: Up to 17 U.S. missionaries kidnapped in Haiti

Haitian soldiers guard the public prosecutor's office in Port-au-Prince earlier this month. Photo: Richard Pierrin/AFP via Getty Images

Children were among up to 17 American Christian missionaries and their relatives kidnapped by a gang in Haiti on Saturday, the New York Times first reported.

Details: The missionaries had just left an orphanage and were traveling by bus to the airport to "drop off some members" and were due to travel to another destination when the gang struck in Port-au-Prince, Haitian security officials said, per the NYT.

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Melbourne, "world's most locked-down city," to lift stay-at-home orders

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews during a news conference in Melbourne, Australia, on Sunday. Photo: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

Melbourne's stay-at-home orders will end five days earlier than planned, officials in Australia's second-biggest city announced Sunday.

Why it matters: The capital of the state of Victoria has had six lockdowns totaling 262 days since March last year. That means Melbourne spent longer under lockdown than "any other city in the world" during the pandemic, Reuters notes.

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