07 Oct '11, 9pm

US stocks sink despite jobs data

NEW YORK: Wall Street stocks closed in the red Friday after a credit downgrade on Italy and Spain snuffed out a rally on better-than-expected US jobs numbers. The Dow Jones Industrial Average shed 20.21 points (0.18 per cent) to finish at 11,103.12. The broader S&P 500 fell 9.51 points (0.82 per cent) to 1,155.46, while the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite lost 27.47 points (1.10 per cent) to 2,479.35. Stocks had posted moderate gains in early trade, buoyed by the jobs report that showed the economy created a net non-farm 103,000 jobs in September, more than analysts anticipated, but not enough to lower the unemployment rate stuck at 9.1 per cent for three months. The department revised upward the two previous months' job creation numbers, indicating that employment in the faltering economy had more momentum than previously believed. The July payrolls totalled 127,000, not the ...

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