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S&P 500 hovers at record, heads for winning week: Live updates


Traders work on the floor at the New York Stock Exchange on April 25, 2024.

Brendan Mcdermid | Reuters

The S&P 500 touched a fresh record on Friday, with stocks poised to end the week higher despite a stronger-than-expected jobs report.

The broad market index inched 0.1% higher to outpace an intraday high set on Wednesday. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 55 points, or 0.1%. The Nasdaq Composite edged up 0.02%.

Stocks are rebounding from pressure earlier in the session following Friday’s jobs report. That news sent the yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury and the 2-year Treasury nearly 14 basis points higher.

Nonfarm payrolls increased by 272,000 in May, above the 190,000 estimate from Dow Jones and April’s 175,000 gain. Average hourly wages increased 0.4% last month and ticked up 4.1% from a year ago. However, even with the job gains, the unemployment rate ticked higher to 4%.

Investors had been hoping for weak jobs figures on a hunch it would give the Federal Reserve the greenlight to cut rates later this year. Now, with the labor market showing continued resilience, Wall Street seems focused on the idea that the economy is strong enough to keep growing without the help of lower interest rates.

“We should all be happy that we’ve got a strong economy,” IBM vice chairman and former National Economic Council director Gary Cohn told CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street” on Friday. “At the end of the day, it’s all about the economy, it’s all about GDP growth, GDP corporate earnings, the health of the consumer, [and] that’s going to win out all of the time in the long-run.”

The jobs report comes after the European Central Bank on Thursday cut rates for the first time since 2019, adding pressure to the Fed to potentially lighten up on policy. The Fed will give its decision on rates next week after its June 11-12 policy meeting.

Chipmaker and artificial intelligence darling Nvidia slipped roughly 1.4%, off of a record high set earlier in the week.

All three of the major averages are on pace for a winning week. The Dow has a 0.7% gain, while the S&P 500 is higher by nearly 1.5% and the Nasdaq is on pace for a 2.5% advance.



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