Wall Street put in another impressive performance Friday,
extending Thursday's rally after investors dismissed January's
disappointing payrolls data as adversely impacted by the weather.
Instead, positive earnings, another dip in the jobless rate, and
hiring in construction and manufacturing jobs fueled a triple-digit
rally in the Dow Industrials, with consumer discretionary and
healthcare stocks leading the pack.
The broader S&P 500 gained over 1% Friday and ends the week
up 0.8% after three straight weekly losses. The Nasdaq Composite
closes up 1.7% and up 0.5% for the week.
Investors poured back into stocks on this week's stability in
emerging markets, rebound in Japanese stocks, and indications that
the recent correction in U.S. equities is presenting very
attractive buying opportunities in blue-chip and technology stocks.
After bottoming out at 15,356 on Monday, the Dow Industrial climbed
back over the 200-day moving average and has recovered more than
The Labor Department reported that non-farm payrolls increased
by 113,000 in January, missing street expectations of 180,000. In
addition, December's dismal 74,000 gain was only revised upward by
1,000. Weak job growth was reported in retail and health sectors,
but construction, manufacturing and hospitality and leisure all
reported gains. In addition, economists were quick to discredit the
below consensus gain due to the continuous snowstorms in the
Midwest and Northeast that has sidelined job seekers.
Here's where the markets stand at the close:
Dow Jones Industrial Index was up 165 (+1.1%)
S&P 500 was up 23 (+1.3%) at 1,797.02
Nasdaq Composite Index was up 68 (+1.7%) at 4,125.86
FTSE 100 was up 0.20%
Nikkei 225 was up 2.17%
Hang Seng Index was up 1.00%
Shanghai China Composite Index was up 0.56%
ATHN Reported strong Q4 earnings, beating analyst estimates
SMT Reported Q3 earnings of $0.07, beating estimate for a loss
ARIA Activist shareholder Sarissa Capital Managment trying to
get 2 board seats
BEBE Reported a loss of $0.07 vs analyst estimates for a $0.14
per share loss
URRE Announced stock $10.3 million stock offering
FWM Q3 loss, sales miss and CEO retires
ACET Claims that financial media outlets misreported its sales
compared to estimates.