U.S. stocks closed higher on Friday, shaking off earlier weakness after a strong monthly jobs report, to clinch a sixth straight week in a row of gains. The Dow Jones Industrial Average

advanced about 130 points, or 0.4%, to end near 36,247, according to preliminary FactSet data. The S&P 500 index gained 0.4% Friday and the Nasdaq Composite finished 0.5% higher. A string of weekly gains propelled the S&P 500 index

to a fresh 2023 closing high and left the Dow about 1.4% away from its record close set nearly two years ago, according to Dow Jones Market Data. Equities have benefitted from a risk-on tone going into year end, which has been driven by falling 10-year Treasury yields

and optimism around the Federal Reserve potentially cutting interest rates in the year ahead. That hinges on if inflation continues to ease. November’s robust jobs report served as a reminder Friday of the tough path of the “last mile” in getting inflation down to the Fed’s 2% annual target. As part of this, the 10-year Treasury yield jumped about 11.5 basis points Friday to 4.244%, but still was about 74 basis points lower than its October high. For the week, the Dow was only fractionally higher, the S&P 500 gained 0.2% and the Nasdaq climbed 0.7%.

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