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The U.S. equity markets braved international economic headwinds on Friday and struck out for positive territory. Faced with turmoil in the euro currency bloc, but backed by strong manufacturing performance at home, all three major indexes posted strong gains and ended the week on a positive note.
At the close: DJIA: +0.63%, S&P 500: +0.72%, NASDAQ: +0.70%.
On the commodities front, WTI crude oil (NYSEARCA:USO) followed the markets and increased 1.56 percent to $93.89 per barrel. The yield on the 10-year T-bill increased 0.013 points to 1.925 percent. Gold (NYSEARCA:GLD) futures for April delivery, the most active contract, decreased $7.70 to close at $1,606.10 per ounce, while silver (NYSEARCA:SLV) futures for May fell 51 cents to finish at $28.70…
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