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FILE - This Jan. 4, 2010, file photo, shows an entrance to a Wall Street subway station in New York. Strong U.S. jobs data continued to shore up stock markets on Monday, Dec. 7, 2015, as investors welcomed the growing certainty of an interest rate increase from the U.S. Federal Reserve the following week. Meanwhile, oil prices slid again after the OPEC oil cartel's decision to not cut production. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
FILE - This Jan. 4, 2010, file photo, shows an entrance to a Wall Street subway station in New York. Strong U.S. jobs data continued to shore up stock markets on Monday, Dec. 7, 2015, as investors welcomed the growing certainty of an interest rate increase from the U.S. Federal Reserve the following week. Meanwhile, oil prices slid again after the OPEC oil cartel's decision to not cut production. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

US stocks open higher, lifted by strong job gains

NEW YORK — Stocks are opening higher on Wall Street as traders were encouraged by news of strong job gains in the US last month.

The gains early Friday came a day after the market had its worst drop in three months.

Retailers and technology companies had the biggest gains. Energy stocks rose along with the price of oil.

The Dow Jones industrial average gained 82 points, or 0.5 percent, to 16,591 as of 9:35 a.m. Eastern time. The Dow lost 392 points the day before.

The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 11 points, or 0.6 percent, to 1,953. The Nasdaq composite rose 44 points, or 1 percent, to 4,733.

China’s market also rose. The benchmark index in Shanghai gained 2 percent.

Bond prices fell. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 2.17 percent.

Related: US stocks slide again as China woes lead to global selling.

 

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