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Wall Street extended gains into a third straight session on Friday and the US market posted a second straight quarter of gains despite turbulence during the three-month period around the unfolding of a potential global banking crisis. On Friday the Nasdaq rose 1.7%, the Dow Jones added over 400 points and the S&P500 rose 1.4%. Sentiment in the US was boosted last week by US core personal consumption expenditures price index, the Fed’s preferred measure of inflation, coming in below expectations at 4.6% in yet another sign inflation has peaked in the US. For the quarter the tech-heavy Nasdaq soared 17.6% as investors regain appetite for growth stocks, while the Dow Jones rose 0.4% and the S&P500 added 7.4%.
Over in Europe markets closed higher again buoyed by headline inflation cooling to 6.9% in March from 8.5% in February, a preliminary report showed. Germany’s DAX added 0.7%, the French CAC added 0.81% and, in the UK, the FTSE100 rose 0.15%. For the quarter, the STOXX600 added 7.05% despite a few weeks of banking turmoil.
The ASX ended Friday’s session up 0.78% driven by a 1.88% rise in materials stocks, while healthcare stocks added 1.09% in the last trading session of the week. For the week, the key local index rose 3.20% as global fears of a banking crisis continued to ease.
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