FRANKFURT (dpa-AFX) - After the previous day's strong recovery, the DAX is initially expected to post small losses on Friday. The broker IG estimated the leading German index 0.1 percent lower at 18,234 points just two and a half hours before the start of Xetra trading. Nevertheless, investors can be quite satisfied with the past few days after the previous week's slump. Over the week to date, the Dax has recovered by 1.4 percent.

Before the weekend, however, the Dax appears to be following the weaker US trend. US technology stocks had crowned their record run in the S&P 500 and Nasdaq 100 with further highs. However, they were ultimately unable to maintain their gains and corrected somewhat. Nvidia had to relinquish the title of the world's most expensive company, which it had conquered on Tuesday, to Microsoft./ag/stk