All in all, today was a fine day for stocks. N. Korean fear dissipated further, helping Asian and European exchanges move higher. US shares also benefited, apparently not worried about how the worst natural disaster in the country's modern history will impact bottom lines. A stronger than expected 3.0% rise in GDP also helped, along with a stronger than expected ADP jobs report. Oh – and Apple's big gains didn't hurt either.
In the end, the Asia Dow gained half a percent, led by the Hang Seng exchange's 1.19% rise. In Europe, the STOXX 600 added 0.70%, with all the major countries in the green.
The Dow Industrials finished up 31 points or 0.14%. The two other major exchanges did much better: The S&P 500 rose 0.46%, and the Apple-led NASDAQ was up 1.05%.
Elsewhere, the dollar popped, after being beaten down so low it just ran out of sellers. The dollar index ... Log in or subscribe to continue reading.
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