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By Steve Rothwell

Associated Press

NEW YORK — Good news was finally good news for the stock market on Friday.

Stocks rose sharply after the government reported a fourth straight month of solid U.S. job gains, the latest encouraging sign for the economy.

The strengthening job market focused investors on the nation’s improving economy instead of concerns about the Federal Reserve’s stimulus, snapping a five-day losing streak for stocks.

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