The S&P 500 and the Nasdaq edged slightly lower from record levels on Wednesday as energy and financials rose but some big tech stocks limited gains amid an ongoing rotation of portfolio holdings.
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Asian shares rested at record highs on Thursday as investors digested recent meaty gains, though the promise of endless free money to sustain buying was reaffirmed by benign U.S. inflation data and a very dovish outlook from the Federal Reserve.
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The dollar traded near two-week lows as demand for safer assets ebbed on Wednesday, with traders looking ahead to an expected recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic this year, driven by massive fiscal and monetary stimulus.
Gold was up on Wednesday morning in Asia, with a weak dollar and growing expectation of further U.S. stimulus measures continuing to give the yellow metal a boost.