S&P500 and Nasdaq hit new records after October jobs numbers beat expectations

Stocks ended sharply higher Friday, with the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite indexes surging to fresh records, and the Dow eyeing one of its own, after the Labor Department estimated the U.S. economy added 128,000 new jobs in October and upwardly revised its estimate of employment growth in September and August.

The stock market rally came despite indications the U.S. manufacturing sector was still contracting in October, though slightly less fast than in the previous month.

What are major indexes doing?

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +1.11% rose 301.13 points, or 1.1%, to 27,347.36. The S&P 500 index SPX, +0.97% touched a fresh high after gaining 29.35 points, or 1%, to 3,066.91. The Nasdaq Composite index COMP, +1.13% jumped 94.04 points, or 1.1%, at 8,386.40.

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What’s driving the market?

The U.S. economy created 128,000 new jobs in October, above economist’s estimates of a 75,000 gain, while the unemployment rate ticked higher to 3.6%, in line with expectations. Furthermore, the government revised up the number of jobs created in August and September by a total of 95,000.

Wage growth rose by 0.2% in October and 3% from a year ago at a slightly lower pace than earlier in the year, but still faster than overall consumer prices.

“It’s hard not to be excited about this jobs report,” JJ Kinahan, chief market strategist at TD Ameritrade told MarketWatch. “There are tons of positives, including the uptick in jobs gains for previous months.

The numbers reflect momentum in the American, consumer-driven economy heading into the fourth quarter, Kinahan added. “Jobs have an amazing way of creating confidence in the economy.”

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