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Streak over, but indexes up for week

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Stock markets fell Friday, ending the Dow’s longest winning streak for close to 17 years. The Dow had notched a 10-day winning streak through Thursday, its longest since November 1996. The string of wins pushed the blue-chip index up 484 points, or 3.4 percent. In Friday’s session, trading was tentative because investors feared that rising inflation could put a damper on growth. The government also said that consumer prices increased in February at the fastest pace in more than three years. The market’s recent rally to multiyear highs was fueled in part by the Fed’s efforts to keep interest rates low and encourage investment.

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