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Market Snapshot: U.S. stocks climb after soft August jobs report

U.S. stocks finished higher Friday after the closely watched August jobs report came in weaker than Wall Street’s consensus estimate, suggesting that the Federal Reserve may hold off on hiking interest rates when policy makers meet later this month.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.39% added 72.66 points to close at 18,491.96, helped by strong gains in shares of Apple Inc.AAPL, +0.94% and Boeing Co.BA, +0.97%

The S&P 500 index SPX, +0.42% rose 9.12 points to end at 2,179.98, supported by strong energy and utilities stocks. The Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, +0.43% advanced 22.69 points to close at 5,249.90.

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