The S&P 500, tracked by the C Fund, had a decent gain last week and is now less than 2% away from all-time highs from six months ago

Lyn Alden

A reasonably strong jobs report for the month of March came out on Friday, showing 196,000 new jobs compared to the previous month.

This jobs report was particularly important for a lot of analysts because the February report showed a shockingly small job gain. It was so low that many economists and analysts wondered if it was just a blip in the data, possibly related to the government shutdown or other inconsistencies. A lot of eyes were watching this next one in March to see if the country would have another low number, confirming a downtrend,

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