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The U.S. stock market got off to a weak start this morning, but has since firmed up a bit. At just past noon in New York, the Dow Jones Industrial Average is up seven points; the broader S&P 500 Index is ahead three points; and the NASDAQ is advancing six 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.