These 3 Stocks Are Leading Today's Dow Rallyhttp://www.fool.com/investing/general/2012/12/07/these-3-stocks-are-leading-the-dows-rally-today.aspx Dan Dzombak
December 7, 2012
At the halfway point of the trading day, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (INDEX: ^DJI) is up 59 points, or 0.45%, to 13,133. The S&P 500 (INDEX: ^GSPC) is up 1.7 points, or 0.12%. Despite some mixed economic reports, some stocks are leading the Dow higher.
Here are this morning's three U.S. economic releases:
This morning the Department of Labor announced the U.S. added 146,000 nonfarm jobs. That's far beyond the 80,000 forecast by analysts, who had expected Not-Quite-a-Hurricane Sandy to slow jobs growth. While better than expected, 146,000 is still a tepid rate of jobs growth.
While jobs growth wasn't great, the unemployment rate actually dropped 0.2 percentage points to 7.7%. This was the result of a drop in the number of people active in the labor market, i.e., those employed or seeking employment. The labor market dropped from 155.7 million to 155.3 million.
This week has seen a string of positive jobs-related reports. Yesterday the Depar