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Stocks little changed as investors seek safety

Stocks little changed as investors seek safety

Investors made a small move back to safer assets Friday afternoon after the government's November jobs report showed continued hiring but weak wage growth.

Stock indexes finished little changed after real estate and household goods companies rose, but banks, which have soared since the presidential election, took losses.

Most stocks finished higher, and the biggest gains went to companies that pay big dividends, similar to bonds. Investors bought bonds too, and prices rose and yields fell.

The dollar also weakened as investors expected less inflation. Thanks to a loss from Goldman Sachs, which closed at a nine-year high Thursday, the Dow Jones industrial average...