Typically investors would not put much weight in the weekly unemployment report because the numbers can be volatile. But with the rest of the data they have at their disposal tainted by the weather, including Friday's closely watched government jobs report, investors don't have much to work with at the moment. The winter storms died down last week, so this data is the first "clean" reading on the economy.The figures for weekly unemployment claims coming up over the next several weeks will be the freshest data investors will have, strategists said.
Encouraging report on US jobs lifts stock market
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