Stock Market Today: Stocks Slip to Start Jobs Week

Coming off a fifth straight weekly win, the main indexes took a breather ahead of a busy week of jobs data.

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Stocks closed lower Monday, with the main benchmarks coming off a five-week winning streak. Investors may be taking a cautious stance ahead of this week's onslaught of jobs data, which hits just ahead of the next Fed meeting – set to kick off Tuesday, December 12 (the same day the November Consumer Price Index is due).  

The jobs data starts rolling in Tuesday with the release of the Job Opening and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) reading. However, all eyes are on Friday's nonfarm payrolls report, especially after October's data showed a sharp slowdown in job growth.

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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.