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US stocks open higher; energy, GE are among early gainers

By KEN SWEET, AP Business Writer

Stock traders work at the New York Stock Exchange, Monday, Oct. 5, 2015 in New York. World stocks rose Monday after weak U.S. jobs data prompted expectations the Federal Reserve might postpone an interest rate hike.
Stock traders work at the New York Stock Exchange, Monday, Oct. 5, 2015 in New York. World stocks rose Monday after weak U.S. jobs data prompted expectations the Federal Reserve might postpone an interest rate hike. AP

NEW YORK (AP) – U.S. and global stocks rose in early trading Monday after a gloomy U.S. jobs report last week led investors to expect that the Federal Reserve will postpone its first interest rate increase in nearly a decade. Energy stocks rose along with the price of oil.

KEEPING SCORE: The Dow Jones industrial average rose 164 points, or 1 percent, to 16,636 as of 10:28 a.m. Eastern. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index added 20.40 points, or 1.1 percent, to 1,972 and the Nasdaq composite rose 36 points, or 0.8 percent, to 4,743.

European stocks rose even more. Germany’s DAX added 2.8 percent, France’s CAC-40 index jumped 3.5 percent and the U.K.’s FTSE 100 rose 2.5 percent.

ON HOLD: Last week’s jobs report, which showed that hiring slowed down last month, is being taken as positive by investors who want the Fed to postpone raising interest rates. The Fed next meets at the end of this month and again in late December. Ultra-low interest rates in place since the 2008 financial crisis have helped push up stock prices.

ANALYST'S TAKE: “The absolutely weak nonfarm payrolls data complicated the Fed’s resolve to raise rates this year,” IG analyst Bernard Aw wrote in a report. “The soft jobs numbers in the last two months certainly make October rate (increase) an even more unlikely endeavor.”

GE FIGHT: General Electric rose 95 cents, or 4 percent, to $26.42 after activist investor Nelson Peltz disclosed he had accumulated a $2.5 billion stake in GE. Peltz is likely to put more pressure on GE’s CEO Jeffrey Immelt to raise the company’s stock price, which has lingered around $25-$26 a share for the last two years.

A, B, C, D, E, F, GOOGLE: Alphabet Inc., the new parent company of Google, rose $4.73, or 0.7 percent, to $661.43. Google announced earlier this year that it would reorganize. Alphabet would be the parent company, with Google being the largest subsidiary within Alphabet. This would allow investors to see how well Google’s core business was doing, separate from its more experimental ventures like driverless cars. Monday was the first day the company started trading as Alphabet.

ENERGY: Benchmark U.S. crude gained $1.01 to $46.54 per barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Energy stocks broadly rose following the gains in oil prices. The energy sector in the S&P 500 rose 2 percent, nearly twice the gain of the broader market.

BONDS, CURRENCIES: U.S. government bond prices fell. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 2.02 percent from 1.99 percent late Friday. The dollar rose to 120.20 yen. The euro edged down to $1.1208.

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