US STOCKS-S&P 500 ends at record after strong jobs data

viernes 7 de marzo de 2014 17:48 GYT

* U.S. job growth an upbeat sign for weather-beaten economy

* Nasdaq up for fifth consecutive week

* Putin rebuffs Obama as Ukraine crisis escalates

* Dow up 0.2 pct; S&P 500 flat; Nasdaq off 0.4 pct

By Angela Moon

NEW YORK, March 7 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks finished mostly higher on Friday, with the S&P 500 closing at a record after more jobs than expected were created in February and January's figure was revised higher.

The S&P 500 ended at a record closing high for the second day in a row. Friday's milestone also was the S&P 500's fifth record closing high in the past seven sessions.

But the overall sentiment was cautious and trading was volatile throughout the session as investors adjusted their positions ahead of the weekend and kept a close eye on the simmering crisis in Ukraine.

The S&P 500 had climbed to an intraday record of 1,883.57 shortly after the opening bell, lifted by the Labor Department's report showing that U.S. employers added 175,000 jobs to their payrolls in February. Economists had expected a gain of 149,000 jobs, according to a Reuters poll.   Continuación...