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Stocks close lower, pulled down by disappointing jobs report

Stocks close lower, pulled down by disappointing jobs report

Stocks posted steep losses Friday, ending the week with broad declines, as investors fretted over a report showing that U.S. job creation slowed last month.

Technology stocks fell especially hard, and shares of LinkedIn had their worst day in history.

Energy and consumer discretionary stocks fell as oil prices declined and investors continued to worry that the risk of the U.S. economy slipping into recession, while low, is growing.

The Dow Jones industrial average fell 211.75 points, or 1.3%, to 16,204.83. The Standard & Poor's 500 index lost 35.43 points, or 1.9%, to 1,880.02 and the Nasdaq composite dropped 146.41 points, or 3.3%, to 4,363.14.

Stocks were...

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