Good Afternoon, I’m Mari Fagel and you’re watching Smartrend News. Today is Friday January 6, 2012 and this is your market close wrap up. The major US equity indices closed mixed Friday on positive economic news and continuing European debt troubles. The Labor Department says 200000 jobs were added in the month of December while the unemployment rate fell to 8.5% from a 8.7% a month earlier. This is great news considering economists and analysts were expecting the unemployment rate to stay at its previous 8.7% and only 150000 jobs added in the month of December. In corporate news, Digitimes reports that Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) could ship its iPad 3 with full HD Display followed by an iPad 4 October with a new array of apps, according to industry sources in Taiwan. And Alcoa’s (NYSE:AA) earnings report will unofficially kick off the Q4 earnings season on Monday, January 9 after the market close, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Analysts are looking for EPS of {video_description}.01 on revenue of .78 billion. The consensus range is a loss of {video_description}.07 to a gain of {video_description}.17 for EPS, and .46 billion-.16 billion for revenue, according to First Call. Now taking a look at where the markets closed today. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed 0.45% lower at 12360, the S&P500 closed 0.25% lower at 1278, and the Nasdaq Composite closed 0.16% higher at 2674. This has been your market close wrap up for Friday, January 9th, I’m Mari Fagel. For more financial news and headlines keep it

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