December 5 Market Close: GovCon Index Gains as Jobs Report Sets 3-Year High


GovConIndexThe GovCon Index rebounded some ground Thursday with an increase of 0.541 percent — or 0.386 points — to close at 70.063 on Friday.

Stocks largely increased Friday after the release of the Labor Department‘s jobs report, which said U.S. businesses added 321, 000 new employees in November to set a new high for the past three years,  according to Reuters.

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average grew 0.33 percent to close at 17, 958.79, the S&P 500 composite index recorded a nominal 0.02 percent gain to 2, 072.30 and the NASDAQ composite index increased 0.11 percent to 4, 774.59.

Top Percentage Gainers

Company Stock Price $ Change % Change
 Northrop Grumman  147.69  7.85  5.61%
 CGI Group  36.71  0.67  1.86%
 Exelis  17.76  0.19  1.08%
 AECOM Technology  30.82  0.32  1.05%
 Leidos  43.47  0.39  0.91%

Market Summary

Advancing Issues 18 (36.66%)
Declining Issues 9 (30.00%)
Unchanged Issues 1 (0.03%)

The Executive Mosaic GovCon Index is a composite index that tracks 30 of the largest publicly-traded Government Contracting (GovCon) firms.

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