Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange January 10, 2014. (REUTERS/Brendan McDermid)
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U.S. bond prices jumped and global equity markets pared gains Friday, after a surprisingly weak month for jobs growth in the United States that was somewhat affected by bad weather.U.S. nonfarm payrolls rose just 74,000 in December, the smallest increase in nearly three years and far below the 196,000 forecast by economists. Financial and energy shares were the weakest of the day.The Standard & Poor's 500 Index was down 4.32 points, or 0.24 percent, at 1,833.81 .The FTSEurofirst 300 closed up 0.4 percent at 1,321.16 points – knocked off a five-and-a-half year peak of 1,328.31 while eurozone periphery shares sustained their blistering rally Friday.Spanish stocks jumped 0.9 percent to leave them up over 5.3 percent and on course for their strongest week since last March, while a 0.6 percent rise for Portuguese stocks took their 2014 gains to 8.4 percent.
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