Record Close For Dow On Upbeat Jobs Data

A greater than expected 165,000 jobs were created in April to propel the Dow to a record close by surging 142 points to 14,973. Nasdaq soared 38 points to 3378.

On the upside

Bargain hunters lifted shares of Halcon Resources (NYSE: HK).

Procera Networks (Nasdaq: PKT) fell to a loss for the first quarter but revenue climbed and the company announced that it received two multi-million dollar expansion orders.

comScore (Nasdaq: SCOR) widened first quarter losses but the results were better than expected prompting an upgrade.

On the downside

Thoratec (Nasdaq: THOR) reported lower first quarter earnings and revenue that fell short of analyst expectations.

Harmony Gold Mining (NYSE: HMY) reported an unexpected loss for the third quarter as output dropped.

The Justice Department sued Chemed (NYSE: CHE) for submitting false Medicare claims going back to 2004 and Chemed's Vitas hospice business going back to 2002.

In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of more than 5 to 2 on the NYSE and by nearly 3 to 1 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 index climbed 16 points to 1614.

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