) -- The markets shrugged off the upcoming unemployment report as the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

snapped a four-day losing streak on Thursday.

The Dow rose 63.94, or 0.69%, to 9344.61, and the

S&P 500

added 8.49, or 0.85% to 1003.24. The


was up 16.13, or 0.82%, to 1983.20.

The markets were encouraged by better-than-expected retail sales, a drop in initial jobless claims and an improving outlook in the services sector. Overhanging Wall Street was Friday's unemployment report.

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Tim Seymour said on


's "Fast Money" TV show that today's market was all about light volume and fears about being short ahead of tomorrow's big unemployment report. "They shouldn't be," he said.

Pete Najarian said a late surge by the financials carried some other sectors with it and helped pushed the markets higher by the end of the day.

Joe Terranova said investors weren't fearful of Friday's jobless report. Indeed, he said some traders believe the report might be a surprise with a better-than-expected number that should boost a trade in the financials.

Guy Adami said two tech heavyweights -


(IBM) - Get Report



(INTC) - Get Report

were trading lower today and that "should tell you something."

On the other hand, Najarian said

Goldman Sachs

(GS) - Get Report

, another market barometer referred to by the panel, was up today.

Melissa Lee, the moderator of the show, shifted the discussion to the retail sector, where August same-store sales came in better than expected. Adami was especially impressed with


(GPS) - Get Report

, which was up 8% today, and the performance of its Old Navy unit, which saw comparable same-store sales move into plus territory.

Terranova said the retail outlook is improving as inventories decline and retailers move to replenish them.

Shifting to gold, which inched toward $1,000, Seymour said a number of factors may be moving it up, including a belief that inflation may be coming back into the economy.



reporter Rick Santani said the sharp rise in the gold in the past 72 hours is nothing but a "short squeeze" and a regulatory crackdown on commodity EFTs.

Seymour also said the demand for aluminum is growing. He alluded to comments from



(AA) - Get Report

CEO, who said that China's demand for aluminum could push demand from flat to possibly "up 4%."

Terranova said copper was up today on a nice intraday reversal that benefitted

Freeport McMoRan

(FCX) - Get Report

. He also told investors to exercise some caution on



because the fundamentals "are not there."

Najarian said investors should take a look in the coal trade at


(SI) - Get Report

, which finished at $84.55. He also said options activity has been heavy on the call side on a Finerman favorite,


( PDE), which he said continues to go higher.

Shifting to the smartphone trade, Adami said the best way to be invested in that trade might be in


(QCOM) - Get Report

for the long term.

Seymour said investors interested in Macau casino trade should look at

Melco PBL Entertainment



Shifting to tomorrow's jobless report, Michelle Meyer, a U.S. economist for Barclays Capital, believes the report will show a decline of 200,000 in nonfarm payroll. She said that number would represent a considerable slowing in pace of job cuts. She said it also would show the labor market is improving and that the economy is emerging from the recession.

Adami said investors can take those presumably positive numbers and pick up staffing firms such as


(MAN) - Get Report


Monster Worldwide



Shifting to the swine-flu trade, Najarian said the safest way to play it is with

Johnson & Johnson

(JNJ) - Get Report

and its Purrell hand sanitizer.

Lee brought in Steve Davis, CEO of

Bob Evans Farms


, a restaurant and food product chain whose stock is up 21% year to date. He attributed the company's success to "innovating at lower price points without discounting." For example, he said the company might select a certain price point for a meal like $5.99 and tack on a favorable margin.

Davis said the company will try to maintain earnings growth through product innovation and higher productivity.


reporter Charles Gasparino, author of a new book called

The Sellout

, said one thing that hasn't changed since the collapse of Lehman has been the rating agencies.

He said these agencies operate on a conflicted business model because they get paid by the very entities they are supposed to rate. He said this arrangement, if it continues to go unchanged, is a "setup for disaster."

He said the agencies aren't really needed at all and that all they do is lend a false sense of security.

Lee spoke briefly about David Einhorn, the noted hedge-fund manager who shorted Lehman before its collapse. Einhorn claimed Lehman was undercapitalized and held risky mortgage assets.

She referred to chart of stocks and funds from that Einhorn is currently shorting.

They include


(SPY) - Get Report



(PFE) - Get Report

, URS,


(TDC) - Get Report



( WYE),

Cardinal Health

(CAH) - Get Report


Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF

(GDX) - Get Report


Allegheny Energy

( AYE),



, and

Einstein Noah


In the final trades, Seymour said he liked



. Adami was long



. Terranova liked


(AMZN) - Get Report

. And Najarian said he liked

Foster Wheeler


-- Written by David Tong in San Francisco

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