U.S. stocks surged to their highest levels of the day Friday morning following a weaker-than-expected reading on inflation expectations. The rise in stocks left all three U.S. equity benchmarks on track to cement their first gain in three weeks. On Thursday, the Dow industrials DJIA, 1.92% climbed 194.23 points, or 0.6%, to end near session highs at 30,677.36, after moving between gains and losses. The S&P 500 SPX, 2.17% rose 1% to end at 3,795.73. The Nasdaq Composite COMP, 2.29% increased 179.11 points, or 1.6%,
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