Stocks Surge On Trade Talks, Jobs Report

NEW YORK – Stocks are jumping early Friday as investors are encouraged by news of trade talks between the U.S. and China and a strong report on the U.S. job market.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 467 points, or 2.1 percent, to 23,154. The S&P 500 gained 2.1 percent, to 2,498. The Nasdaq rose 2.3 percent, to 6,614. Technology and energy stocks are leading the broad gains.

The U.S. government said employers added 312,000 jobs last month. The strong showing could allay concerns about an economic slowdown in the U.S. Those concerns, along with a weak revenue forecast from Apple, contributed to steep losses in stocks Thursday.

Most overseas markets rose after China’s Commerce Ministry said trade talks between the U.S. and China will be held Monday and Tuesday in Beijing.

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