Mid-Day Update: Stock Heavy After Monthly Jobs Report


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U.S. stocks were lower Friday, reversing earlier gains that followed the Labor Department reporting U.S. employers adding 192,000 new workers last month, with all sectors except for manufacturing posting gains. The nation's unemployment rate remained steady at 6.7% with a surge of people entering the workforce offsetting the rise in hiring.

Crude oil was up 1.0% to $101.32 per barrel. Natural gas was down 0.6% at $4.44 per 1 million BTU. Gold was up 1.6% to $1,304.90 an ounce, while silver was up 1.7% at $20.14 an ounce. Copper was down 0.18% at $3.02 per pound.

Among energy ETFs, the United States Oil Fund was up 1% to $36.50 with the United States Natural Gas Fund ( UNG ) up 0.3% at $24.79. Among precious-metal funds, the Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF was up 1.9% at $24.52 while SPDR Gold Shares ( GLD ) was up 1.57% at $125.86. The iShares Silver Trust ( SLV ) was up 1.6% at $19.37.

Here's where the U.S. markets stand at mid-day:

NYSE Composite Index was down 0.2% at 10,578.81

Dow Jones Industrial Index was down 0.3% at 16,523.36

S&P 500 was down 0.6% at 1,877.95

Nasdaq Composite Index was down 2.26% at 4,141.93


FTSE 100 was up 0.7% at 6,695.55

DAX was up 0.70% at 9,695.77

CAC 40 was up 0.8% at $35.22

Nikkei 225 was down 0.05% at 15,063.77

Hang Seng Index was down 0.2% at 22,510.08

Shanghai China Composite Index was up 0.19% at 10.79


NYSE Energy Sector Index was up 0.2% at $28.52

NYSE Financial Sector Index was down 0.3% at 6,391.23

NYSE Healthcare Sector Index was down 0.28% at 10,928.25


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