Stock Exchange – Plus the major European markets closed

A trader works ahead of the closing bell on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on March 18, 2019 in New York City. - Wall Street stocks finished higher, with gains from petroleum companies and banks more than offsetting another drop in Boeing shares. (Photo by Johannes EISELE / AFP)

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Plus, the leading Western European stock exchanges closed on Thursday.

London’s FTSE-100 finished 0.09 percent higher, the Frankfurt DAX-30 increased 0.41 percent, and the Paris CAC-40 rose 0.44 percent.
Of the euro area companies’ aggregate indices, EuroStoxx50 closed the trading with a profit of 0.63%.
European currency markets were boosted by the European Central Bank’s (ECB) Governing Council cutting interest rates on Thursday and decided to relaunch the economic stimulus program (APP), which was shut down late last year, 20 billion a month.
Investor willingness to take risks is also boosted by hopes of easing US-trade tensions, but market sentiment is negatively affected by Brexit uncertainty.
Following the close of the European stock exchange, the 30 leading industrial companies in the New York Stock Exchange had a DJIA index of 0.44 percent, a broader stock S & P500 index of 0.52 percent, and technology papers’ Nasdaq Composite index showed a 0.57 percent increase.
After the European stock exchange closing, the North Sea Brent oil price was 73 cents (1.20 percent) per barrel at $ 60.08.
The price of gold per ounce rose 0.12 percent, from $ 1.75 to $ 1504.95.
In the international interbank foreign exchange market, $ 1.1064 was paid for one euro after the $ 1.1009 quoted at four o’clock in the afternoon.

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