U.S. Stocks Open Lower On Heels Of Friday's Jobs Report

By Mark DeCambreMarketWatch Pulse

U.S. stocks kicked off the day lower on Friday, as investors digested a solid jobs report that may give the Federal Reserve little cause to delay hiking interest rates for the first time in nearly a decade. The jobs data show that the U.S. gained 215,000 jobs in July, matching economists' estimates. The Dow Jones Industrial Average , opened 44 points lower, or 0.3%, to 17,371.51, while the S&P 500 opened about 5 points lower, or 0.2%. The tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite Index began the day 22 points lower, or 0.4%, at 5,035.86.

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