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U.S. stocks rose Friday, capping their biggest weekly gain in almost six months, as expectations faded that the Federal Reserve would raise interest rates for the first time in almost a decade.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 102.69 points, or 0.63%, to 16433.09. The Dow’s weekly gain of more than 2% was the largest since the week ended March 20.

The S&P 500 rose 8.76 points, or 0.45% to 1961.05, bringing it to its biggest weekly gain in almost two months. The Nasdaq Composite rose 0.5%.

The majority of economists surveyed by The Wall Street Journal over the past week said they expect the Fed won’t raise rates at its Sept. 16-17 policy meeting. Big moves in U.S. stocks in recent weeks, fueled by worries over an economic slowdown in China, have cast doubt over a rate increase.

“There is too much at risk in an economy that is still in a recent recovery,” said Omar Aguilar, chief investment officer for equities at Charles Schwab Investment Management, referring to the U.S.

He added that the Fed may delay a rate increase because “while the U.S. is more stable and resilient, the rest of the world is still weak.”

Friday’s gains in U.S. stocks indicate a potential stabilization of the markets, said Kenny Polcari, director at O’Neil Securities.

“The market is trying to find its new level of equilibrium,” he said, adding that he thinks it is unlikely the Fed will raise rates next week, but the possibility of an increase in the near future will “keep the [stock] market in check.

Almost all sectors of the Dow rose Friday, with the exception of materials stocks.

McDonald’s Corp. led the Dow higher, with shares adding $2.16, or 2.3%, to $97.41. Walt Disney Corp. shares rose $1.88, or 1.8% to $104.48.

Energy shares continued to weigh on the S&P 500. Consol Energy Inc. fell 5.2%, while Murphy Oil Corp. fell 5% to $26.78.

Asian bourses were mixed, with Chinese stocks ending the day slightly higher and Japanese shares falling marginally. China’s Shanghai Composite Index closed up 0.1% Friday, but is still down 38% since June.

Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index ended 0.3% lower and the Nikkei 225 Index in Japan dropped 0.2%. After falling into negative territory for the year earlier in the week, the Nikkei jumped almost 8% Wednesday, its largest one-day gain in percentage terms since 2008.

In Europe, Germany’s DAX dropped 0.9%, France’s CAC 40 fell 1.0% and the FTSE 100 in the U.K. dropped 0.6%.

Global equity funds, seen by investors as a risky bet relative to bonds, suffered outflows of about $19 billion in the week to Sept. 9, according to Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

“The possibility that the Fed will raise rates is too close to call,” said Michael Temple, director of U.S. credit research at Pioneer Investments, which oversees $244 billion in assets.

He said the central bank appears to be “very cognizant” of the potential for financial market instability, which could follow an interest-rate rise. “They are clearly focused on the recent destabilizing moves by China to shift their currency regime and manage their stock market’s weakness,” he said.

That said, many investors are tired of the first increase hanging over the markets, said Marc Chandler, global head of currency strategy at Brown Brothers Harriman & Co. “Let’s just get it over with.”

The euro was up 0.4% against the dollar, trading around $1.1331.

Brent crude oil fell 1.5% to settle at $48.14 a barrel, while gold fell 0.5% to $1103.50 an ounce.