Market Snapshot: Dow rallies more than 200 points as S&P 500 logs its best quarterly advance since 2009

Stocks rallied into the close, ending just shy of session highs, as optimism over progress on U.S.-China trade talks appeared to overshadow concerns about a slowing economic expansion, while investors embraced the market debut of ride-hailing company Lyft Inc., shares of which closed 8.7% higher than where they priced Thursday evening.

The session marked the final trading day for the first quarter of 2019, with the S&P 500 notching its best quarterly performance in nearly a decade.

How did the benchmarks fare?

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.82% rose 211.22 points, or 0.8%, to 25,928.68, while the S&P 500 index SPX, +0.67% gained 18.96 points to 2,834.40, a rise of 0.7%.

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