Stocks slip after big jobs miss, oil hits $80 level

US economy added 194K jobs in September

U.S. stock indexes fell Friday after the September jobs data fell short of estimates and after the Senate passed a short-term increase to the debt limit. 

The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 8 points, or 0.02%, while the S&P 500 index and the Nasdaq Composite index declined 0.19% and 0.51%, respectively. 

Ticker Security Last Change Change %
I:DJI DOW JONES AVERAGES 34589.77 +737.24 +2.18%
SP500 S&P 500 4080.11 +122.48 +3.09%
I:COMP NASDAQ COMPOSITE INDEX 11467.995938 +484.22 +4.41%

For the week all three of the major averages posted gains with Dow gaining over 1%. 

Nonfarm payrolls increased by 194,000 workers in September as the unemployment rate fell to 4.8%, the Labor Department said Friday. Economists surveyed by Refinitiv were expecting the addition of 500,000 new jobs and the unemployment rate to slip to 5.1%. The jobs gains in August were revised up to 366,000 from 235,000.

The disappointing report comes hours after the Senate passed a measure that would raise the debt ceiling by $480 billion, giving the Treasury enough money to pay bills until Dec. 3. A House vote is expected in the coming days. 


The developments caused traders to sell U.S. Treasurys, with the yield on the 10-year note rising 3 basis points to 1.6%, a four-month high.

In stocks, tech and other growth sectors underperformed as bond yields rose.

Ticker Security Last Change Change %
AMZN AMAZON.COM INC. 96.54 +4.12 +4.46%
AAPL APPLE INC. 148.03 +6.86 +4.86%
MSFT MICROSOFT CORP. 255.14 +14.81 +6.16%

Vaxart Inc.’s oral COVID-19 vaccine candidate reduces airborne transmission of the virus in animal model, according to a study led by Duke University. Shares of fellow vaccine makers, including Moderna Inc., took the news in stride.  

Ticker Security Last Change Change %
VXRT VAXART 1.18 -0.05 -4.07%
MRNA MODERNA INC. 175.91 +2.76 +1.59%

Tesla Inc. will move its headquarters to Austin, Texas, from Palo Alto, California, CEO Elon Musk said Thursday. Still, the electric-car maker plans to increase production at its plants in California and Nevada. 

Ticker Security Last Change Change %
TSLA TESLA INC. 194.70 +13.87 +7.67%

In deals, insurer Chubb Ltd. agreed to buy Cigna Corp.’s life, accident and supplemental benefits business in Asia Pacific and Turkey for $5.75 billion. 

Ticker Security Last Change Change %
CB CHUBB LTD. 219.70 +3.03 +1.40%
CI CIGNA CORP. 328.60 +7.96 +2.48%

In commodities, West Texas Intermediate crude oil hit $80 intraday before closing up $1.05 to $79.35 a barrel, its highest close in seven years. Gold, meanwhile, slipped $1.60 to $1,756.30 an ounce.

Overseas markets were mixed with weakness in Europe and strength in Asia. 

European bourses were modestly lower with Germany’s DAX 30 losing 0.29% and France’s CAC 40 sliding 0.61%. Britain's FTSE 100 gained 0.25%,  


In Asia, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index added 0.55%, China’s Shanghai Composite advanced 0.67% and Japan’s Nikkei 225 gained 1.34%.