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U.S. equity markets rallied Friday as investors digested the better-than-expected June jobs report. 

The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 33 points, or 0.1%, while the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq Composite rose 0.21% and 0.37%, respectively. The early gains have the S&P 500 trading at an all-time high. 

TickerSecurityLastChangeChange %
I:DJIDOW JONES AVERAGES34628.14-5.39-0.02%
SP500S&P 5004329.78+9.84+0.23%
I:COMPNASDAQ COMPOSITE INDEX14595.044446+72.67+0.50%

Nonfarm payrolls increased by 850,000 workers in June as the unemployment rate ticked up to 5.9%, the Labor Department said Friday. Analysts surveyed by Refintiv were expecting the addition of 700,000 and the unemployment rate to fall to 5.7%. May’s reading was revised higher by 24,000 jobs to 583,000. 

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In response to the jobs report, the yield on the 10-year bond note dipped to near 1.44%, its lowest level since early March. 

TickerSecurityLastChangeChange %
JPMJPMORGAN CHASE & CO.155.54-0.64-0.41%
GSTHE GOLDMAN SACHS GROUP, INC.374.42-0.64-0.17%

In stocks, interest-rate-sensitive financial firms, including Bank of America Corp., JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Goldman Sachs Group Inc., were mixed in premarket trading. 

TickerSecurityLastChangeChange %
SPCEVIRGIN GALACTIC HOLDINGS INC.51.43+8.28+19.19%

Virgin Galactic Holdings Inc. said founder Richard Branson will be a member of the July 11 test flight of its SpaceShipTwo Unity, putting him on track to beat outgoing Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos by nine days.

TickerSecurityLastChangeChange %
DNUTKRISPY KREME INC COM USD0.0119.29-1.71-8.14%

Krispy Kreme Inc. and Didi Global Inc. remain in focus following their recent initial public offerings. Krispy Kreme shares surged 24% in their debut Thursday while Didi shares have slipped 1.5% in its two trading sessions. 

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In commodities, West Texas Intermediate crude oil fell 28 cents to $74.95 a barrel and gold jumped $17.70 to $1,794.50 an ounce.

Overseas markets were mixed. 

European bourses were higher across the board, with France’s CAC 40 advancing 0.08%, Britain’s FTSE 100 rising 0.24% and Germany’s DAX 30 climbing 0.4%. 

In Asia, Japan’s Nikkei 225 rallied 0.27%, while Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index and China’s Shanghai Composite declining 1.8% and 1.95%, respectively. 

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