U.S. stocks rise on solid U.S. May jobs report; Dow up 0.52%


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Investing.com - U.S. stocks rose on Friday after data revealed the U.S. economy added more than 200,000 new nonfarm payrolls in May for a fourth consecutive month.

At the close of U.S. trading, the Dow 30 rose 0.52%, the S&P 500 index rose 0.46%, while the NASDAQ Composite index rose 0.59%.

The Volatility S&P 500 index, which measures market volatility, was down 7.76% at 10.75.

The U.S. Labor Department reported earlier that the economy added 217,000 in May, close to market expectations for a 218,000 increase, after a 282,000 rise in April, whose figure was revised down from a previously estimated 288,000 gain.

The private sector added 216,000 jobs last month, exceeding expectations for a 210,000 gain, which drew market applause.

The report also showed that the U.S. unemployment rate remained unchanged at 6.3% last month compared to expectations for a rise to 6.4%.

U.S. stocks continued to applaud the European Central Bank's decision to cut its benchmark interest rate on Thursday to a record-low 0.15% from 0.25%, cut its deposit rate to -0.1% and said it will support the banking sector to spur lending via targeted long-term credit injections.

Many U.S. companies are significantly exposed to European markets.

Leading Dow Jones Industrial Average performers included American Express Company (NYSE:AXP), up 2.27%, Goldman Sachs Group Inc (NYSE:GS), up 2.24%, and Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC), up 1.86%.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average's worst performers included Pfizer Inc (NYSE:PFE), down 1.16%, The Travelers Companies Inc (NYSE:TRV), down 0.64%, and McDonald's Corporation (NYSE:MCD), down 0.51%.

European indices, meanwhile, ended the day higher.

After the close of European trade, the DJ Euro Stoxx 50 rose 0.76%, France's CAC 40 rose 0.71%, while Germany's DAX rose 0.40%. Meanwhile, in the U.K. the FTSE 100 rose 0.66%.

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