Stock Market Today: Stocks Chop Ahead of September Jobs Report

The main benchmarks struggled to gain steam Thursday as anxiety builds ahead of tomorrow's nonfarm payrolls report.

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Retreating Treasury yields couldn't boost the stock market Thursday, though a late-afternoon burst of buying power brought all three main indexes off their session lows. 

Anxiety is running high ahead of tomorrow morning's release of the September jobs report – the last major update on the labor market ahead of the next Fed meeting – which was evident in today's price action.  

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Karee Venema
Senior Investing Editor,

With over a decade of experience writing about the stock market, Karee Venema is the senior investing editor at She joined the publication in April 2021 after 10 years of working as an investing writer and columnist at Schaeffer's Investment Research. In her previous role, Karee focused primarily on options trading, as well as technical, fundamental and sentiment analysis.