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Dow flirts with 15,000 as stocks surge to new highs

NEW YORK — Stocks surged to record highs Friday when a surprisingly good jobs report finally gave investors a clear sign of US economic strength after weeks of conflicting signals.

The market jumped from the opening bell, traders donned party hats, and a wave of buying helped the Standard and Poor’s 500 index close above 1,600 for the first time. The Dow Jones industrial average briefly rose above 15,000, a milestone.

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