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US job gains send stocks higher in early trade

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NEW YORK (AP) — The biggest hiring surge in two years is sending the stock market higher in early trading. The gains were muted early Friday as several U.S. companies reported weaker earnings. The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose three points, or 0.2 percent, to 1,886 in the first few minutes of trading. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 28 points, or 0.2 percent, to 16,584. The Dow and S&P...

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