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U.S. Adds 211,000 jobs in April; Unemployment Dips to 4.4 Percent

Employment rates in April rebounded better than expected, as employers added a solid 211,000 jobs. Unemployment dipped to 4.4 percent, its lowest rate in a decade, the Labor Department said Friday. The market added an average of 185,000 jobs a month this year, matching last year’s pace, reports CBS. Hiring was strongest in …

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March 1 Market Close: GovCon Index, US Stocks Climb to New Records on Trump Speech & Rate Hike Chatter

Executive Mosaic’s GovCon Index closed at an all-time high Wednesday for the second time in three sessions as U.S. stocks also extended their record-setting rally in their best one-day performance of 2017 so far with the S&P 500 composite index above 2,400 for the first time during intraday trade after President Donald …

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February 16 Market Close: GovCon Index Moves Green on Huntington Ingalls 4Q Beat, US Stocks Pause Rally

Executive Mosaic’s GovCon Index closed at a new all-time high for a fourth consecutive session on strong fourth quarter earnings from Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE: HII) as the U.S. benchmark S&P 500 retreated Thursday after a five-day stretch of record closes. Both the GCI and U.S. equities had set continued record highs during those streaks on …

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February 13 Market Close: GovCon Index Rises on Blue Chip Gains With Trump Tax Cuts in Focus

Executive Mosaic’s GovCon Index rose Monday in tandem with major U.S. equity indices that set new record highs as investors continued to bet President Donald Trump’s plans for lower corporate taxes and regulations can boost economic growth. GovCon Index advancers outnumbered decliners by an 8-to-1 ratio as 10 of its 11 S&P …

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February 10 Market Close: GovCon Index Breaks 90 After 2 Months Below Mark, Ends Week Higher

Executive Mosaic’s GovCon Index closed above the 90-point barrier for the first time in two months Friday to end the week higher as all three major U.S. stock indices closed at record highs for a second consecutive session on extended investor anticipation over President Donald Trump’s tax announcement within the next …

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January 18 Market Close: GovCon Index Higher, US Stocks Mixed After Fed Chair Speech

Executive Mosaic’s GovCon Index traded higher Wednesday on help from its large-cap components against mixed U.S. stock movements as investors awaited Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen’s speech on the U.S. economy during the last hour of trade. GovCon Index gainers slightly edged decliners each and nine of its 11 S&P 500 companies advanced with co-listed Raytheon (NYSE: …

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December 15 Market Close: GovCon Index Ends 3-Day Slide on HII & Services Gains

Executive Mosaic’s GovCon Index inched higher Thursday to end its three-day streak of declines on a large gain by Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE: HII) and contributions from services-oriented companies as U.S. stocks also climbed after the release of new economic data. GovCon Index gainers edged decliners 16-14 as six of its 11 S&P 500 …

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December 14 Market Close: GovCon Index, US Stocks Turn Lower After Rate Hike Announcement

Executive Mosaic’s GovCon Index turned from neutral to negative territory Wednesday as did the U.S. stock bellwether S&P 500 composite index after the Federal Reserve raised interest rates for only a second time since the 2008 financial crisis. GovCon Index decliners outnumbered gainers by a 9-to-1 ratio as three of its 11 S&P 500 …

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October 17 Market Close: GovCon Index Shows Little Change as Energy & Consumer Declines Weigh on US Markets

Executive Mosaic’s GovCon Index posted little change for a second consecutive session Monday on mixed results among its large-cap companies as U.S. stocks closed mostly lower due to a sell-off in consumer and energy sector shares that coincided with a decline in crude oil prices. GovCon Index laggers outnumbered advancers and four of …

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October 14 Market Close: GovCon Index Flat on Even Gainer-Lagger Split, Posts 3rd Straight Weekly Loss

Executive Mosaic’s GovCon Index held flat Friday despite gains in the larger U.S. stock market on positive bank earnings reports and Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen’s comment that the country may be able to handle a “high pressure” economy with a tight labor market. Friday’s gain was not enough to lift the GovCon Index into positive over …

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