Stock indexes led by employment data

S&P 500 (Figure 2)

Index Wrap-up

The Dow Jones Industrial Average ($DJI) ended the day on Thursday with a gain of 208.43 points, or 1.76%, and closed at 12,044.47. All of the Dow's index's thirty components posted a gain. The top performers were Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) (+3.59%), Kraft Foods (KFT) (+3.29%), Bank of America (BAC) (+2.83%), and Disney (DIS) (+2.82%). The weakest were McDonalds (MCD) (+0.51%) and Procter & Gamble (PG) (+0.56%).

The S&P 500 ($SPX) finished the session with a gain of 23.25 points, or 1.88%, and closed at 1,261.15. Top performing industry groups were energy (+2.5%), industrials (+2.5%), and technology (+2.5%). The strongest individual percentage performers were Estee Lauder (EL) (+17.94%), Alpha Natural Resources (ANR) (+13.29%), Netflix (NFLX) (+10.67%), and Micron Tech. (MU) (+7.55%). ANR was a top energy performer thanks to an unexpected upgrade following better-than-anticipated quarterly results. EL's gains were also thanks to earnings. All of the S&P's industry groups were up more than 1%, but the weakest percentage performers were Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) (-19.93%), MEMC Electronic Materials (WFR) (-11.76%), and Kellogg Co. (K) (-7.64%).

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