Wall Street surges on last day of turbulent quarter

Tech industrial stocks lead market to gains ahead of holiday weekend

Economic data released on Thursday did little to change the expectations on interest rate hikes.

us stocks rallied on Thursday, the last trading day of the month and the quarter, as the technology sector curbed steep declines seen in recent sessions.

USA equity markets closed lower on Wednesday, as continued weakness in the technology sector weighed on the main indexes. The Nasdaq Composite Index was up 114.22 points, or 1.64 percent, to 7,063.44.

After years of slow and steady growth and a roaring start to 2018, the market plunged in early February, marking its first 10 percent drop in two years.

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Markets seemed preoccupied with more pressing matters but analysts said the rosy report was a double-edged sword, possibly helping encourage the central bank to tighten monetary policy.

For the holiday-shortened week, all three major indices posted solid gains, with the Dow, the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq jumping 2.4 percent, 2.0 percent and 1.0 percent, respectively.

The S&P 500 increased 35.87 points, or 1.38 percent, to 2,640.87.

The major indexes were headed higher from the start of trading Thursday as investors sized up several company earnings reports and new government data showing that spending by USA consumers rose 0.2 percent in February, while their incomes increased 4.4 percent.

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Countering those losses were gains for consumer staples .SPLRCS , real estate .SPLRCR , telecom .SPLRCL , and healthcare .SPXHC .

The group is up 14 percent so far this year, but privacy concerns in the wake of Facebook's scandal almost two weeks back has wiped $400 billion off their value.

This month, the Dow decreased 3.5 percent, the S&P fell 2.6 percent and the Nasdaq lost 2.9 percent. The social media giant, which has taken a beating in recent days over privacy concerns, rose $6.76, to $159.79.

United States stocks jumped on Thursday as technology shares bounced back from a sharp selloff ahead of a long weekend that will mark the end of a turbulent quarter for Wall Street.

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PVH, which owns Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger, climbed $7.41, or 5.1 percent, to $151.43, while beverage maker Constellation Brands rose $7.43, or 3.4 percent, to $227.92.

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