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Feb. 3, 2017, 11:14 a.m. EST

Dow back for a second crack at 20,000, S&P 500 presses uncharted territory

Focus: Dow 30 components Microsoft, McDonald’s set up well technically, MSFT, MCD, GLW, MRCY, XRX

By Michael Ashbaugh, MarketWatch

The major U.S. benchmarks are firmly higher early Friday, rising after a solid monthly U.S. jobs report.

Against this backdrop, the Dow Jones Industrial Average is back for its latest crack at Dow 20,000, rising from underneath, while the S&P 500 has rallied within striking distance of record territory.

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