U.S. Stocks End Lower Ahead Of Jobs Report

By MarketWatch Pulse

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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