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The Labor Department also said unemployment dropped to 3.6 percent, beating analysts’ expectations of 3.8 percent and the lowest rate since 1969.
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The gains lifted the broad-based S&P 500 into positive territory for the week.
Shares of Beyond Meat extended their huge surge on Thursday when, during their initial public offering, the stock soared more than 150 percent. That gave the Los Angeles-based corporation a market value well above $3.5 billion.
Berkshire Hathaway has been purchasing shares of Amazon, Warren Buffett told CNBC. That helped lift shares of the online giant.
Consumer cyclical and energy stocks were leading the session gainers.
The yield on the 10-year Treasury eased fractionally to 2.53 percent.
Crude oil prices fell. West Texas Intermediate, the benchmark U.S. crude oil, slipped to $61.80 per barrel.
China’s Shanghai Composite closed up 0.52 percent, the Hang Seng added 0.46 percent and Japan’s Nikkei 225 slipped 0.22 percent.
Britain’s FTSE 100 was up 0.78 percent, France’s CAC 40 added 0.29 percent and Germany’s DAX 0.46 percent.