Stock Market Today: Stocks Close Out Worst Quarter Since Q1 2020

However, the three major benchmarks turned in solid performances for the month of March.

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Stocks spent the last day of March much as they've spent the past few months – trading in negative territory.

Today's decline followed an onslaught of economic reports. On the inflation front, data from the Commerce Department showed that the personal consumption expenditures (PCE) index – which measures the price change of goods and services purchased by consumers – rose 0.6% month-over-month and 6.4% year-over-year in February, the quickest annual increase since 1982.

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Karee Venema
Senior Investing Editor,

With over a decade of experience writing about the stock market, Karee Venema is the senior investing editor at She joined the publication in April 2021 after 10 years of working as an investing writer and columnist at Schaeffer's Investment Research. In her previous role, Karee focused primarily on options trading, as well as technical, fundamental and sentiment analysis.