(Adds close of European markets)
* U.S. jobs report surprises but viewed as weather related
* Oil rises after U.S. attacks Syrian air base
* Europe stocks rise, Wall Street rebounds
By Herbert Lash
NEW YORK, April 7 Oil traded near a one-month
high on Friday after the U.S. missile strike on a Syrian air
base while the dollar rose as investors dismissed a weak U.S.
jobs report as not enough to derail a strong economy or outlook
for rising interest rates.
The toughest U.S. action in Syria's six-year-old civil war
raised geopolitical uncertainty in the Middle East and initially
hit assets considered higher risk such as equities and oil.
Gold, a safe-haven, climbed to a five-month high and yields
on risk-averse benchmark U.S. Treasuries briefly slid to
four-month lows. But stocks pared losses to close higher in
Europe and were on track to do the same on Wall Street.
U.S. crude rose 39 cents to $52.09 a barrel and
Brent was last at $55.16, up 27 cents on the day.
Spot gold added 0.1 percent to $1,252.50 an ounce,
paring gains that pushed prices to $1,270.46, the highest since
A jobs report seen as out-of-step with the labor market kept
alive investors' expectations that the Federal Reserve will
raise interest rates twice more in 2017 as the unemployment rate
last month declined to 4.5 percent from 4.7 percent in
"As long as we see the unemployment rate decline, we will
see more rate hikes," said Cathy Barrera, chief economic adviser
at ZipRecuiter in New York.
News of the U.S. cruise missile strikes on the Syrian air
base at first sent global stocks lower, but they turned higher
after U.S. officials described the attack as a one-off event
that would not lead to wider escalation.
Industrials led U.S. and European stocks higher on the
prospect of higher economic growth.
U.S. corporate profits for the first quarter will be up 9
percent to 10 percent from a year earlier, and give the market a
lift when earnings season begins next week, said Phil Orlando,
chief equity strategist at Federated Investors in New York.
Nonfarm payrolls increased by 98,000 jobs last month, the
fewest since last May, the Labor Department said. A major snow
storm dubbed Stella in the Northeast during the week in March of
the employment survey led to a step-down in hiring.
"Our thinking is that there is nothing wrong with the labor
market, other than the timing of Stella," Orlando said.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 59.93 points,
or 0.29 percent, to 20,722.88. The S&P 500 gained 5.25
points, or 0.22 percent, to 2,362.74 and the Nasdaq Composite
added 11.62 points, or 0.2 percent, to 5,890.57.
In Europe, the pan-regional FTSEurofirst 300 index
rose 0.18 percent to close at 1,502.68, while MSCI's gauge of
stocks across the globe shed 0.02 percent.
The drop in the unemployment rate suggested the labor market
was still tightening and does not change the outlook for bonds.
U.S. 10- and seven-year yields briefly hit 2.269 percent and
2.072 percent, respectively, their lowest since Nov. 18. U.S.
30-year yields touched 2.939 percent, their lowest
Benchmark 10-year notes were last down 7/32 in
price to yield 2.3696 percent.
"There was a bit of a knee-jerk reaction to the headline,"
said Mark Cabana, head of U.S. short rates strategy at Bank of
America Merrill Lynch in New York.
(Reporting by Herbert Lash; Editing by Bernadette Baum)