Dow Up 97 on Aug. Jobs Data
Indices post declines for the week
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 4, 2009 3:26 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Traders focused on positive aspects of today's August unemployment report—declining job losses—rather than the upward revision in total jobless numbers, sending stocks higher, the Wall Street Journal reports. General Electric led advancing stocks on the Dow with a 3.35% gain. The Dow rose 96.66 points to close at 9,441.27. The Nasdaq added 33.38, settling at 2,018.78, and the S&P 500 gained 13.16 to settle at 1,016.40.

  • For the week overall, the day’s gains couldn’t overcome Tuesday’s losses. The Dow lost 1.1%, the Nasdaq declined by 0.5%, and the S&P 500 fell 1.2%.