March 7 2014 -- 4:15 p.m. - 03/07/14
The major averages ended mixed on the session. The Dow Jones Industrial Average added 30 points to 16,452 and the S&P 500 was up 1 point to 1878. The NASDAQ shed 15 points with the index closing at 4336. For the week, the Dow advanced 0.8%, the S&P 500 gained 0.9% and the NASDAQ rose 0.6%.
Stocks toggled between gains and losses throughout the session as lingering tensions between Russia and the Ukraine kept investors sidelined. Todays employment data was largely positive. Specifically, non-farm payrolls grew by 175,000 in February, more than the anticipated gain of 150,000 jobs. Despite the gain, the unemployment rate unexpectedly ticked higher to 6.7%.
Corporate earnings were also a factor in the session. Shares of Foot Locker advanced 8.8% to $46.49 after the company exceeded analysts estimates in the quarter. Big Lots also ended higher, rallying nearly 23% to $35.97 following their results. On the downside, Fresh Market declined 2.5% to $33.16 after posting a weaker-than-anticipated earnings report.
Composite volume on the NYSE was more than 3.5 billion shares with declining issues besting advancers by a 7-5 margin. The NASDAQ was even on issues.
Turning to fixed income markets, Treasuries ended lower along the curve. The benchmark 10-year note was down 7/16 of a point to yield 2.79% and the 30-year bond was lower by 9/16 of a point to yield 3.73%.
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