Stock Market Today: Stocks Rise Ahead March Jobs Report

While the major indexes closed flat to slightly lower for the week, oil prices soared.

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Stocks ended the short trading week on a positive note after the latest reading on unemployment claims underscored signs of a softening labor market. 

The data comes ahead of the March jobs report, which will be released tomorrow morning. While the stock market will be closed for Good Friday, investors are still anxiously awaiting the monthly employment figures – particularly because this is the last major labor market update ahead of the next Fed meeting

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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.