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The U.S. stock market is putting in a choppy performance today. At just past noon in New York, the Dow Jones Industrial Average is ahead two points; the broader S&P 500 Index is essentially unchanged; and the technology-laden NASDAQ is off just slightly.
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.