Dow advances over 200 points, heads for best month since January on earnings, PCE inflation data

U.S. stocks advanced on Friday, extending their gains into a second day, boosted by strong earnings from the tech sector though the latest inflation data cemented expectations for another interest-rate hike by the Federal Reserve next week.

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On Thursday, the Dow industrials and S&P 500 recorded their biggest daily increase since Jan. 6, according to Dow Jones Market Data. The Nasdaq Composite clinched its best day since March 16. On the final trading day of the month, the Nasdaq is the only one…