Closing Bell

A clean sweep for major regional stocks: All finish higher

Updated: 2013-05-03T20:45:59Z

Regional stocks did not miss out on the big rally on Wall Street Friday.

Every major regional company finished higher, with YRC, Kansas City Southern and Waddell & Reed were the biggest percentage gainers.

Other notable gainers: H&R Block, up 1.7 percent; UMB, up 1.8 percent; and O’Reilly Automotive, up 1.6 percent.

Overall, the stock market surged past new milestones after the government reported a big pickup in hiring at U.S. employers.

The Dow Jones industrial average crossed 15,000 for the first time Friday and the Standard and Poor's 500 index, a broader market measure, broke through 1,600.

The Dow gave up some of its gain and closed up 142 points at 14,973, an increase of 1 percent.

The S&P 500 surged 16, or 1 percent, to 1,614.

The driver was jobs. U.S. employers added 165,000 of them in April and more in February and March than previously estimated. The unemployment rate fell to the lowest level in four years, 7.5 percent.

Three stocks rose for every one that fell on the New York Stock Exchange. Volume was average, 3.6 billion shares.

The BATS 1000 rose 194.70 points, or 1.08 percent, to close at 18,198.89.

Regional stocks

Capitol Federal Financial rose 3 cents, or 0.25%, to close at $11.83.

Cerner Corp. fell 17 cents, or 0.18%, to close at $96.67.

Commerce Bancshares Inc. rose 31 cents, or 0.78%, to close at $39.99.

Compass Minerals rose 77 cents, or 0.89%, to close at $86.83.

DST Systems Inc. rose 73 cents, or 1.06%, to close at $69.36.

Ferrellgas Partners L.P. rose 8 cents, or 0.40%, to close at $19.95.

Garmin Ltd. rose 30 cents, or 0.87%, to close at $34.81.

Great Plains Energy rose 13 cents, or 0.55%, to close at $23.95.

H&R Block Inc. rose 47 cents, or 1.67%, to close at $28.62.

Inergy L.P. rose 33 cents, or 1.50%, to close at $22.30.

Kansas City Life Insurance Co. rose 62 cents, or 1.72%, to close at $36.57.

Kansas City Southern rose $4.59, or 4.35%, to close at $110.15.

Layne Christensen Co. rose 24 cents, or 1.19%, to close at $20.46.

O'Reilly Automotive Inc. rose $1.76, or 1.63%, to close at $109.89.

Sprint Nextel Corp. rose 5 cents, or 0.70%, to close at $7.15.

UMB Financial Corp. rose 89 cents, or 1.81%, to close at $50.04.

Waddell & Reed Financial Corp. rose 88 cents, or 2.08%, to close at $43.26.

YRC Worldwide Inc. rose $3.19, or 41.11%, to close at $10.95.

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