By and and  on February 6, 2014

Retail stocks jumped 2.3 percent on Wall Street today — the sector’s largest gain of the year.The rise came amid a general sense of optimism around the employment market. The Labor Department said first-time jobless claims fell by 20,000 last week to 336,000 and economists project that Friday’s employment report will show that 170,000 jobs were added in January. That helped push Wall Street, and retail stocks, higher.

The S&P 500 Retailing Industry Group increased by 19.63 points to 871.65, although the sector is still down 7.3 percent for the year so far. The Dow Jones Industrial Average shot up 188 points, or 1.2 percent, today to 15,628.53.

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