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(Close): The S&P 500 index closed at a new record high on Friday. It has now marked 33 all-time highs this year.
It rose by 10.06 points to 2,007.7, beating its previous record close of 2,003.37, set on 29 August.
Earlier new data showed the US economy added 142,000 jobs in August.
It was the smallest increase in eight months, while the jobless rate slipped to 6.1%.
Merck was up by 1.83% after the US Food and Drug Administration approved its pembrolizumab drug to treat metastatic melanoma.
Other top gainers included Wal-Mart and Nike.
The biggest faller was Boeing, down by 0.61%.
That was despite Irish budget carrier Ryanair saying it was in advanced talks to buy about 100 Boeing's 737 Max aircraft in a potential $10bn deal.
Other fallers were Goldman Sachs, United Technologies, Travelers Company, and JP Morgan Chase.