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Apr 06, 2010, 08.19 AM IST | Source: CNBC-TV18

US mkts end higher on non-farm payrolls report, eco data

The US markets ended higher as they react to the non-farm payrolls report and other positive economic data.

Varinder Bansal

Head - Research, CNBC-TV18

By Varinder Bansal, Research Analyst at CNBC-TV18

The US markets ended higher as they react to the non-farm payrolls report and other positive economic data. The Dow Jones and S&P closed at their highest level since September 2008, while Nasdaq closed at its highest level since August 2008.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average ended up 47 points at 10973. The Nasdaq Composite was up 27 points at 2429 and S&P 500 up 9 points at 1187.

US Advancing Sectors: Energy was up 1.6%, Materials up 1.2%, Consumer Discretionary up 1.2% and Tech up 1.1%.

Asian markets opened mixed. Nikkei was down 0.6% while Straits Times and Kospi were flat. Shanghai was up 0.5%.

Alert: Hong Kong & Thailand stock markets are shut today. CBOE VIX was down 2.5% at 17.

US Economic News

ISM services index increased to 55.4 in March from 53 in February, third straight monthly gain and fastest pace of growth in nearly four years.

Pending-home sales rose 8.2% in February.

Global News

Alcoa rose 0.2%, as JPMorgan downgraded Alcoa, precedes company's quarterly earnings announcement next week.

Shipping stocks; Eagle Bulk Shipping was up 2.4%, Excel maritime up 1.8% and Euroseas up 2.1%.

Metal & Minerals: Vedanta was up 3.3%, ArcelorMittal up 3.7%, Guj NRE Coking Coal up 3.5%, Xstrata up 3.3% and BHP Billiton up 2%.

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