Cyclicals lift Wall Street to records after jobs report

June 6, 2014

By Ryan Vlastelica

NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. stocks rose on Friday, with major indexes extending a rally that has taken them to repeated records, after the May payrolls report provided the latest confirmation that economic conditions were improving.

The day’s gains were broad and led by cyclical sectors, which outperform in times of economic expansion. Energy shares were the day’s biggest gainers .SPNY, up 0.8 percent, followed by financials .SPSY, up 0.6 percent. The only S&P 500 sectors that fell on the day were telecom and health care, both of which are considered defensive groups.

About 217,000 jobs were added in May, slightly fewer than expected, while the unemployment rate held steady at 6.3 percent. This is the first time job growth has topped 200,000 for four consecutive months since January 2000.

The S&P 500 is on track for its tenth rise of the past 12 sessions. If it ends at a record on Friday, which it is on track to do, that will mark its sixth record in the past seven sessions.

“The market’s momentum will eventually wane, but fundamentals look OK to fairly strong, and I’ll take strong economic data like this any day,” said Andres Garcia-Amaya, Global Market Strategist at J.P. Morgan Funds in New York, which has $400 billion in assets under management.

The Dow Jones industrial average .DJI rose 64.88 points or 0.39 percent, to 16,900.99, the S&P 500 .SPX gained 7.65 points or 0.39 percent, to 1,948.11 and the Nasdaq Composite .IXIC added 22.08 points or 0.51 percent, to 4,318.31.

For the week, the Dow is up 1.1 percent, the S&P is up 1.3 percent and the Nasdaq is up 1.8 percent. Both the Dow and S&P are on track for a third straight weekly advance, while the Nasdaq is on track for its fourth.

The CBOE Volatility index .VIX fell 3.9 percent, building on its decline of 3.3 percent on Thursday. The “fear index” has been historically low for several weeks, which has some worried the market is complacent. Light trading volume on positive market days has also been viewed as a possible warning signal.

Mining equipment maker Joy Global Inc JOY.N jumped 3.8 percent, building on its 6.7 percent rally on Thursday on the back on strong results. The stock is on track for its biggest weekly gain since August 2012.

Peabody Energy Corp BTU.N was the biggest percentage decliner on the S&P 500, down 1.9 percent to $16.26 after Goldman Sachs downgraded the stock to “neutral.”

Hertz Global Holdings Inc HTZ.N tumbled 9.2 percent to $27.70 after the company said it would restate financial results for the past three years to correct accounting errors from 2011.

Novavax Inc NVAX.O was the Nasdaq’s most active stock, down 7.1 percent to $4.20 in heavy volume a day after a public offering of 25 million common shares was priced at a discount to its Thursday close.

(Editing by Bernadette Baum and Nick Zieminski)

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