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Jobs report helps temper some market uncertainty

After a week of ups and downs in the stock market, investors were mixed in their reaction to the news that the U.S. economy added 155,000 jobs in December, a number that was widely expected.

The S&P 500 rose 1.98 points, or 0.14%, as of 10:56 a.m. EST, while the Dow remained essentially flat. The technology-heavy Nasdaq Composite index fell 7.91, or 0.26%.

The news from the jobs report helped continue turbulence in the markets after minutes released by the Federal Reserve on Thursday raised investor concern, indicating that some members of the Federal Open Market Committee wanted to end quantitative easing sometime this year.

Quantitative easing is when central banks...