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Market Pulse: Dow industrials sink Friday after jobs report, as Russia seizes Ukrainian nuclear facility

U.S. stock benchmarks fell Friday, with February jobs data beating forecasts, but investors were focused on a worsening conflict between Russia and Ukraine which resulted in a fire at a nuclear power plant earlier in the day.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average

was down around 400 points, or 1.2%; the S&P 500 index

traded 1% lower at around 4,321; while the Nasdaq Composite Index

retreated 0.6% at 13,466.

The clashes in Ukraine have investors focused on crude oil
which was trading higher on Friday and for the week, and on yields for government debt, with the 10-year Treasury note

yielding 1.76%.

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