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Wall Street stocks finished mixed Friday as a better-than-expected US jobs report lifted the S&P 500 to a new record, fending off anxiety over Ukraine. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 30.83 (0.19 percent) to 16,452.72. But the tech-rich Nasdaq Composite Index fell 15.90 (0.37 percent) to 4,336.22. Brent Schutte, strategist at BMO Global Asset Management, said Friday's monthly jobs report was good, but that stocks were taking a break after the recent surge.
US job creation picked up pace in February after harsh weather depressed the numbers for two months, somewhat alleviating worries that economic growth had sputtered out during the winter. In all, 10.5 million people remained unemployed across the country in February, slightly higher than January but down from 12.1 million a year ago.