Stocks Finish with Gains

Despite lackluster volume, the major indexes advanced ahead of the holiday. Tuesday brings data on employment and manufacturing

Stocks finished with solid gains Friday ahead of the Labor Day weekend. On Friday, the Dow Jones industrial average finished up 41.61 points, or 0.44%, to 9,415.82. The broader Standard & Poor's 500 index added 5.19 points, or 0.52%, to 1,008.03. The Nasdaq composite index increased 10.40 points, or 0.58%, to 1,810.58.

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