Dow Jumps To A 4-Year High, Nasdaq Surges To An 11-Year High

Today was a huge day for the economy. U.S. companies added 243k jobs in January and the unemployment rate fell to 8.3%.

This fuelled a major surge in the stock markets, which hit some major milestones.  Both the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the Nasdaq hit pre-financial crisis levels.  The Dow closed at 12,862, a 4-year high, and the Nasdaq jumped to 2,905, an 11-year high.

The S&P 500, which is arguably the best snapshot of the U.S. stock markets, hit 1,344, a 6-month high.

Here’s a look at some historical charts courtesy of Yahoo Finance.


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chartDow Jones Industrial Average

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