: U.S. stocks open modestly higher after PCE report shows prices continued to climb in April


U.S. stock indexes opened modestly higher on Friday despite a stronger-than-expected reading on April inflation, complicating the Federal Reserve’s decision on whether to keep raising interest rates at its June meeting. The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +1.00% was up 50 points, or 0.2%, to 32,832. The S&P 500 SPX, +1.30% added 0.2%, and the Nasdaq Composite COMP, +2.19% advanced 0.3%. The core PCE index, the Fed’s preferred gauge of inflation, rose 0.4% in April, more than the 0.3% increase that economists had expected. Core inflation strips out volatile food and energy prices. The yearly increase in prices rose to 4.4% from 4.2% in the prior month, also higher than expected.

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