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The U.S. stock market put in a choppy, but constructive, session today. By the close of trading, the Dow Industrial Average had advanced 39 points; the broader S&P 500 Index had tacked on three points; and the NASDAQ had moved up 16 points.
The nation added 288,000 jobs in June, with non-farm payrolls strengthening much more than had been anticipated. The consensus expectation for the month had been for job growth of about 215,000.