US STOCKS-Dow pops above 17,000, S&P 500 at record as jobs jump
* S&P 500 near 2,000; Nasdaq closes at highest since 2000
* U.S. June jobs report sharply exceeds forecasts
* PetSmart rallies as hedge fund seeks sale
* Dow up 0.5 pct; S&P 500 up 0.6 pct; Nasdaq up 0.6 pct
By Ryan Vlastelica
NEW YORK, July 3 (Reuters) - Wall Street's holiday-shortened session ended with multiple records on Thursday, with the Dow topping 17,000 for the first time after the June jobs report came in much stronger than expected.
Both the Dow and S&P 500 ended at their third consecutive record highs. The Nasdaq closed at its highest since 2000 and rose for a third straight week. The three major indexes wrapped up a week of solid gains. Regular trading ended at 1 p.m. on the day before the Independence Day holiday, when the U.S. stock market will be closed.
The U.S. economy added 288,000 jobs in June, racing past the 212,000 that economists had expected. The U.S. unemployment rate fell to 6.1 percent, the lowest since September 2008, confirming expectations that the economy bounced back in the second quarter after a dismal start to the year. Continuación...