The S&P 500 hit its third consecutive record close Friday after government reports showed strong jobs growth and contained inflation.
May jobs growth of 157,000 was stronger than expected, and other reports showed strengthening manufacturing and tame core inflation, a bullish trifecta that sent the major indexes to solid gains on the day.
The Commerce Department’s inflation report marked the first time in more than a year that core inflation fell back into the Federal Reserve’s comfort zone. Buyout fever also contributed to gains, as Dow Jones
said it is willing to consider bids from News Corp.
edged higher on its results, while OmniVision
fell on its earnings report.
lost ground on an acquisition and lowered guidance.
The Nasdaq rose 9 to 2613, the S&P 500 gained 5 to 1536, and the Dow 40 to 13,667. Volume declined to 2.93 billion shares on the NYSE, and 1.93 billion on the Nasdaq. Advancing issues led by a 21-10 margin on the NYSE, and 19-11 on the Nasdaq. Upside volume was 73% on the NYSE, and 63% on the Nasdaq. New highs-new lows were 392-37 on the NYSE, and 249-92 on the Nasdaq.