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US stocks push higher again; S&P 500 at record

Wall Street stocks Friday opened lower after the Labor Department reported the US economy added just 142,000 jobs in AugustWall Street stocks continued their upward push this week amid signs of progress in the US economy and confidence that global easy-money policies would persist. For the second time in a row, the broad-based S&P 500 closed the week at record levels, this week adding 4.34 points (0.22 percent) to 2,007.71. The Dow Jones Industrial Average tacked on 38.91 (0.23 percent) to 17,137.36, just shy of a record, while the tech-rich Nasdaq Composite Index edged up 2.63 (0.06 percent) to 4,582.90. Analysts welcomed another week of gains following a torrid August that lifted both the Dow and S&P 500 by four percent.

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