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A much-better-than-expected jobs report sent the entire stock market soaring, but the possibility of seeing true strength in an economic recovery was especially good for technology stocks. As of 3:15 p.m. EST today, the Nasdaq Composite (INDEX: ^IXIC  ) was trading at its highest level since December 2000, up 47 points to 2,907.

Yet while tech stocks were broadly higher, most of the leaders in the index were outside the tech sector. Biotech Gilead Sciences (Nasdaq: GILD  ) vaulted higher on news that its GS-7977 drug to treat hepatitis C showed extremely positive results in a study. The news overcame a mixed quarterly report, in which Gilead said revenue grew but earnings fell short of estimates.

Retailer Urban Outfitters (Nasdaq: URBN  ) soared more than 5% after saying yesterday that it would bring back Tedford Marlow, who retired from his role as president of the Urban Outfitters brand in 2010, to assume his previous post. He'll work under founder Richard Hayne, who took over the CEO role last month. Urban Outfitters also got an upgrade from an analyst on the news.

Steel Dynamics (Nasdaq: STLD  ) rose almost 4% in afternoon trading. Unlike many steel companies, Steel Dynamics focuses mostly on the U.S. market, so an improvement in the economic picture here helps it even more than it helps more global players in the industry.

Among the few declining stocks in the Nasdaq was Wynn Resorts (Nasdaq: WYNN  ) , falling almost 5% after releasing earnings last night. The casino operator saw slower growth in Macau during the fourth quarter, and as Fool gaming analyst Travis Hoium pointed out, that suggests that interest is moving to the Cotai Strip, where competitors are performing well. Wynn is planning a Cotai development of its own, but time seems to be of the essence.

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  • Report this Comment On February 06, 2012, at 9:27 AM, prginww wrote:

    The chances of Wynn getting into Cotai Central has now been confirmed by the director of Lands and Public Works Bureau (DSSOPT) and Steve Wynn will not have an open casino on Cotai Central for five years.Wynn announced they had agreed to pay a MOP 1.55 billion premium to get approximately 20.6 hectares of land, located next to City of Dreams resort and the Macau University of Science and Technology campus, but the government moved quickly to clarify that the deal was not yet settled.

    In May last year, chairman and chief executive officer of Wynn Resorts, Steve Wynn, told local media the company would start construction of the project as soon as the land was granted. The cost of the new project in Macau is expected to exceed MOP 20 billion and open within four or five year’s time.

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