The Dow Jones Industrial Average surged 829 points or 3.15 percent, while the S&P 500 jumped 2.62 percent.
|I:DJI||DOW JONES AVERAGES||25605.54||+477.37||+1.90%|
|I:COMP||NASDAQ COMPOSITE INDEX||9588.808163||+96.08||+1.01%|
New economy stocks helped the tech-heavy Nasdaq touch an intraday all-time high of 9,842, but the index closed just under that level with a gain of 2.06 percent.
Amazon, Microsoft and Apple, which hit a fresh record, all contributed to the gains lifting the Nasdaq 100 Index.
The U.S. economy added 2.51 million jobs in May as the unemployment rate fell to 13.3 percent, according to a report released Friday morning by the Labor Department. Wall Street analysts surveyed by Refinitv were expecting the economy to lose 8 million jobs as the unemployment rate spiked to 19.8 percent.
President Trump, who posted an enthusiastic tweet afterward, praised the strength of the U.S. economy in a Rose Garden news conference and said 2021 would be its best year yet.
That would also be the first year of Trump’s second term, should he fend off Democratic challenger and former Vice President Joe Biden to win re-election in November.
“We’ll go back to having the greatest economy anywhere in the world, nowhere close,” Trump promised.
The labor market may see further gains in the month of June after New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday said New York City will begin its Phase 1 reopening on Monday, allowing construction, manufacturing and limited retail services to restart.
Looking at stocks, Dow components Goldman Sachs and Home Depot helped drive the gains.
|GS||GOLDMAN SACHS GROUP INC.||201.78||+7.65||+3.94%|
|HD||THE HOME DEPOT INC.||242.45||+2.98||+1.24%|
Air carriers continued to soar after United Airlines announced plans to reinstate flights to 150 destinations beginning in July. Rival American Airlines announced on Thursday it would increase its flight schedule to 55 percent capacity.
Hertz shares surged on the heels of the positive travel updates. The car-rental company filed for bankruptcy on May 22.
Other travel-related names, including cruise operators, hotels and booking sites, also outperformed.
|UAL||UNITED AIRLINES HLDG.||39.66||+6.34||+19.03%|
|AAL||AMERICAN AIRLINES GROUP INC.||16.74||+2.36||+16.41%|
|HTZ||HERTZ GLOBAL HLDGS||2.83||+0.77||+37.38%|
|EXPE||EXPEDIA GROUP, INC.||82.52||+4.79||+6.16%|
In retail, embattled department store J.C….