By Shreyashi Sanyal
(Reuters) – U.S. stocks advanced on Friday as a strong jobs report and upbeat comments from President Donald Trump on trade talks with China breathed new life into markets after a roller-coaster week.
A Labor Department report showed domestic job growth increased by the most in 10 months in November, aided by striking workers returning to General Motors’
The report indicated the economy remained on a moderate expansion path despite a prolonged manufacturing slump.
“Overall, this was a very solid report and should put those fears of recession firmly in the rear view,” said Michael Arone, chief investment strategist at State Street Global Advisors, Boston.
Global financial markets began on a strong note as Trump said trade discussions with China were “moving right along.” China said it will waive import tariffs for some soybeans and pork shipments from the United States, lifting the mood.
“Not only the jobs data, but most economic data will continue to take a back seat to the U.S.-China trade negotiations and as the Dec. 15 date continues to loom over markets,” Arone said.
If no deal is reached soon, more tariffs on Chinese goods would kick in from Dec. 15.
Energy stocks <.SPNY> jumped 2% after crude prices rose as a meeting of the OPEC and its allies agreed to extend output cuts by 500,000 barrels per day in early 2020. [O/R]
Trade-sensitive semiconductor stocks gained with the Philadelphia Semiconductor index <.SOX> rising 1.6%. The broader technology sector <.SPLRCT> added 0.9%.
Wall Street has had a tumultuous run this week with every new headline on the U.S.-China trade war. But the S&P 500 index <.SPX> is now set to end the week marginally higher.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average <.DJI> was up 284.78 points, or 1.03%, at 27,962.57, the S&P 500 <.SPX> was up 27.56 points, or 0.88%, at 3,144.99 and the Nasdaq Composite <.IXIC> was up 80.37 points, or 0.94%, at 8,651.07.
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Advancing issues outnumbered decliners by a 3.31-to-1 ratio on the NYSE and by a 3.61-to-1 ratio on the Nasdaq.
The S&P index recorded 47 new 52-week highs and no new low, while the Nasdaq recorded 78 new highs and 18 new lows.
(Reporting by Shreyashi Sanyal in Bengaluru; Additional reporting by Herbert Lash in New York; Editing by Maju Samuel and Arun Koyyur)