GRAPHIC-Euro zone stocks the top gainer in Q3, dollar flags

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LONDON, Oct 1 (Reuters) - Euro zone stocks were the topinvestment in the third quarter, clocking up their bestthree-month gains since 2009 as investors bet on a cyclicalupturn in the region.

The dollar struggled the most after a set of mixed economicdata raised concerns that the U.S. economy may not be strongenough to allow the Federal Reserve to slow its bond-buyingprogramme.

Europe's STOXX index has risen nearly 16 percentsince July 1 on a dollar basis, nearly double the gains made byTokyo and Shanghai shares.

The STOXX index has gained nearly 9 percent in euro terms,its biggest quarterly gain in four years.

Emerging stocks staged a strong recovery after asecond-quarter sell-off triggered by the Fed's suggestion thatit would slow the pace of money printing.

The MSCI emerging equity index slightlyoutperformed developed counterparts with a gain of 7.1 percent.

Benchmark 10-year U.S. Treasuries were in negative territoryas investors shifted assets away from low-yielding governmentbonds into equities.

The dollar index fell 3.3 percent.

The following graphics show the performance of a variety ofassets.

Global Q3 asset performance:

Emerging markets:

Frontier markets:

Equity performance by region:

Equity performance by sectors:

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