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Wall Street closed higher on Friday, extending on the November rally among equities in the US with each of the key indices posting a gain for a third straight week. The rally on Friday extended from the prior sessions on the back of softer-than-expected inflation data being released, boosting investor hopes that further rate hikes will be off the table. The Dow Jones added 0.01% on Friday while the S&P500 rose 0.13% and the tech-heavy Nasdaq added 0.08%.
Shares in clothing retailer Gap soared 30% on Friday, a day after the company posted better-than-expected results for the third quarter. While on the other end of the market, EV charging network ChargePoint tanked 35% after the company announced a change up to its product suite and cut forecast for third-quarter revenue.
Over in Europe, markets closed higher on Friday following the release of eurozone inflation data indicating a sharp slowdown, with October’s YoY inflation reading coming in at 2.9% compared to 4.3% in September. The STOXX600 rose 1%, Germany’s DAX added 0.84%, the French CAC added 0.91%, and, in the UK, the FTSE100 rose 1.26% boosted by a 0.3% decline in retail sales figures to the lowest level since early 2021.
Locally on Friday, the ASX200 fell 0.13% as a sharp decline in the price of oil sparked a sell-off in energy stocks, with the sector ending the day down 1.6%. Industrials and tech stocks offset some of the session’s heavy losses with 0.45% and 0.43% gains respectively.
Gold miners rallied on Friday on a rise in the price of the precious commodity, with Northern Star Resources, Evolution Mining and Bellevue Gold each rising over 3%.
Telix Pharmaceuticals and NextGen Energy were two beneficiaries of the Sohn Hearts & Minds Conference last week after industry experts said the healthcare stock and uranium stock were undervalued and the top stock pick, respectively at the conference.
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