Stocks rise, extending best start since 1998
Published 03/31/2012, The Jamestown Sun
Rising consumer spending boosted stocks on Friday, and Wall Street closed its best first quarter since 1998. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 66.22 points to close at 13,212.04. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 5.19 points to close at 1,408.47. The Nasdaq composite barely moved, falling 3.79 points to close at 3,091.57. For the quarter, the Dow posted an 8 percent gain and the S&P a 12 percent gain, the best for those indexes in 14 years. The gain was 19 percent for the Nasdaq, its best since 1991.Word count: 627
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