U.S. stocks ended Thursday's session mostly lower as investors turned cautious ahead of an important employment report due Friday. The main indexes declined for the second day in a row, as investors priced in a rate hike in December following hawkish signals from Federal Reserve officials. The S&P 500 closed 2.38 points, or 0.1%, lower at 2,099.93. The Dow Jones Industrial Average finished fractionally lower, down 4.15 points at 17,863.43. The Nasdaq Composite ended the day down 14.74 points, or 0.3%, at 5,127.74.
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