March 29, 2019 / 8:09 PM / 3 months ago

US STOCKS SNAPSHOT-Trade optimism boosts Wall St; S&P 500 notches best quarter since 2009

NEW YORK, March 29 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks ended the final trading day of the first quarter on a strong note on Friday, and the S&P 500 registered its best quarterly gain since 2009, boosted by optimism over trade talks between the United States and China.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 211.22 points, or 0.82 percent, to 25,928.68, the S&P 500 gained 18.96 points, or 0.67 percent, to 2,834.4, and the Nasdaq Composite added 60.16 points, or 0.78 percent, to 7,729.32. (Reporting by Caroline Valetkevitch Editing by Leslie Adler)

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