Stock Market Today: Seesawing Stocks Start Q2 With Small Gains

The March jobs report was short of Wall Street expectations but not short on positive signals, leading to modest gains for the major indexes.

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A day after Wall Street closed the books on its worst quarter in two years, stocks vacillated between red and green following a March jobs report that was viewed as disappointing on some counts and encouraging on others.

The Labor Department said Friday that 431,000 nonfarm payrolls were added last month. That was shy of estimates for 478,000 jobs, and well off February's upwardly revised figure of 750,000.

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Kyle Woodley

Kyle Woodley is the Editor-in-Chief of WealthUp, a site dedicated to improving the personal finances and financial literacy of people of all ages. He also writes the weekly The Weekend Tea newsletter, which covers both news and analysis about spending, saving, investing, the economy and more.

Kyle was previously the Senior Investing Editor for, and the Managing Editor for before that. His work has appeared in several outlets, including Yahoo! Finance, MSN Money, Barchart, The Globe & Mail and the Nasdaq. He also has appeared as a guest on Fox Business Network and Money Radio, among other shows and podcasts, and he has been quoted in several outlets, including MarketWatch, Vice and Univision. He is a proud graduate of The Ohio State University, where he earned a BA in journalism. 

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