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Stocks Close Higher on Strong U.S. Unemployment Report and Positive Trade News


The S&P 500 Index ($SPX) on Friday closed up +0.91%, the Dow Jones Industrials Index ($DOWI) closed up +1.22%, and the Nasdaq 100 Index ($IUXX) closed up +1.07%.

The U.S. stock market on Friday posted solid gains due to the strong payroll report, the rise in U.S. consumer sentiment to a 7-month high, and positive trade news.

November U.S. payrolls rose sharply by +266,000, which was much stronger than market expectations of +180,000. In addition, Oct payrolls were revised higher by +28,000 to +156,000 from +128,000. The Nov payroll report was artificially inflated by the return to the labor market of 41,300 striking GM workers, but the payroll report ex-GM was still much stronger than expected at +225,000, suggesting that U.S. businesses remain optimistic about the economy and are still engaged in strong hiring. Another indication of the strong labor market was the drop in the Nov U.S. unemployment rate by -0.1 point to 3.5%, thus matching September's 50-1/2 year low.<... Read more

PG&E says it has reached $13.5 billion wildfire settlement

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Pacific Gas and Electric announced Friday it has reached a tentative $13.5 billion settlement resolving all major claims related to the deadly, devastating Northern California wildfires of 2017-2018 that were blamed on its outdated equipment and negligence.

PCG : 9.65 (-1.33%)
Elon Musk cleared of defamation in 'pedo guy' tweet trial

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Elon Musk defeated defamation allegations Friday from a British cave explorer who claimed he was branded a pedophile when the Tesla CEO called him “pedo guy” in an angry tweet.

TSLA : 335.89 (+1.67%)
Netflix executive touts 'golden era' of streaming service

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An executive with Netflix says the streaming giant has boosted its original content exponentially over the last several years and that will mean more action for its production hub in New Mexico, where state officials have been busy trying to woo more big partners in the industry.

Report: Fire at Texas facility caused by equipment failure

HOUSTON (AP) — at a Houston-area petrochemical storage facility that burned for days in March was accidental and caused by equipment failure at a storage tank, according to a report released Friday by local and federal investigators.

Mexico announces its biggest oil discovery in three decades

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico said Friday that it has made the biggest oil discovery in the country since 1987 at the Quesqui field in the Gulf coast state of Tabasco.

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. announces $13.5 billion settlement with individual Northern California wildfire victims.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric Co. announces $13.5 billion settlement with individual Northern California wildfire victims.

'Mexico, US, Canada trade talks continue in Washington

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mexico’s top trade negotiator wrapped up an 11-hour meeting with his U.S. counterpart Friday night, saying they had not finalized a new trade agreement for Mexico, United States and Canada.

Bipartisan Medicare drug bill gets makeover to lower copays

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan Senate bill to curb prescription drug costs for Medicare recipients got a makeover Friday to lower copays and make it easier for seniors to budget for their expenses.

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Today's New Highs & Lows

HIGHS LOWS DIFF
5-Day 2,020 588 1,432
1-Month 824 211 613
3-Month 481 118 363
6-Month 333 84 249
52-Week 229 50 179
YTD 232 59 173

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