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

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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
DJIA,
-1.07%

was down around 400 points, or 1.2%; the S&P 500 index
SPX,
-1.07%

traded 1% lower at around 4,321; while the Nasdaq Composite Index
COMP,
-0.97%

retreated 0.6% at 13,466.

The clashes in Ukraine have investors focused on crude oil
CL.1,
+5.08%
,
which was trading higher on Friday and for the week, and on yields for government debt, with the 10-year Treasury note
TMUBMUSD10Y,
1.735%

yielding 1.76%.

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