Despite a positive start, local stocks ended Friday's session only modestly higher, as investors pared back ahead of a key US jobs report being released tonight and next week's local interest rate decision. After hitting 4507 points in early trade, the All Ordinaries Index (XAO) finished the session only 3.4pts higher at 4483.3, a gain of 0.1pct. Over the course of the trading week, the XAO lost 0.3pct during extraordinary circumstances where Hurricane Sandy caused the New York Stock Exchange to be closed for two straight sessions.
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