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US: Stocks finish volatile session higher, Dow up 1%

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Wall Street stocks finished higher on Thursday following a volatile session as investors weighed massive government stimulus measures against some of the first data pointing to the sharp US economic slowdown.

[NEW YORK] Wall Street stocks finished higher on Thursday following a volatile session as investors weighed massive government stimulus measures against some of the first data pointing to the sharp US economic slowdown.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 1 per cent to 20,087.40, after swinging more than 1,200 points during the day.

The broad-based S&P 500 climbed 0.5 per cent to 2,409.40, while the tech-rich Nasdaq Composite Index jumped 2.3 per cent to 7,150.58, as large technology companies led the market.

AFP