NEW YORK (
) -- Stocks overcame early losses to close higher Friday, as rallying technology and industrial stocks outweighed a much larger-than-expected number of job losses in December.
Dow Jones Industrial Average
added 11 points, or 0.1%, at 10,618. The
climbed 3 points, or 0.3%, at 1145, and the tech-heavy
gained 17 points, or 0.7%, at 2317.
The major market averages finished the first trading week of the new year on an up note, with the Dow going higher by 1.8%, the S&P rising 2.7% and the Nasdaq moving up by 2.1%.
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charted an upward course for the Dow, rising 0.7%, 1.1%, 0.8% and 0.5%, respectively.
After outpacing other sectors on Thursday, financial stocks retreated Friday after
a Citi analyst cut his views
Bank of America
(BAC - Get Report)
. Shares traded lower by 1.9%, 0.3%, 2% and 0.9%, respectively.
led percentage advancers on the Dow, rising 2.5% Friday. As the first of the blue-chip average components to report quarterly results, the aluminum-producer will kick off earnings season Monday, with average estimates from
calling for earnings of 6 cents a share on $4.8 billion in revenue.
(KO - Get Report)
was the Dow's biggest laggard, with shares down 1.9% after JPMorgan
the company to neutral from overweight.
Stocks spent much of their day just below the flatline after the Labor Department said the unemployment rate held at 10% in December and nonfarm payrolls dropped 85,000, for a total decrease of 4.2 million jobs in 2009. The government also upwardly revised November's figure to an increase of 4,000 payrolls from an initially reported decline of 11,000.