Stocks jumped today on the strength of blue-chip financials after mostly idling. Volume was low as investors waited for the government’s monthly employment report, due tomorrow, the Wall Street Journal reports. AIG and Citigroup rose, while safe-haven buying pushed gold to almost to $1,000 an ounce, a level not seen since February. The Dow rose 63.94 points to close at 9,344.61. The Nasdaq added 16.13 to close at 1,983.20, and the S&P 500 rose 8.49 to settle at 1,003.24.