NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are getting the fourth quarter off to a weak start as investors wait for the government’s monthly jobs report.
The Dow Jones industrial average fell 12 points, or 0.1 percent, to 16,271 on Thursday, October 1 2015.
The S&P 500 rose three points, or 0.2 percent, to 1,923. The Nasdaq composite gained six points, or 0.2 percent, to 4,627.
A strong hiring report Friday would likely raise expectations that the Federal Reserve will increase its benchmark interest rate before the end of the year.
Dunkin’ Brands fell 10 percent Thursday after the company said it expects sales to slow at its doughnut shops.
Bond prices rose. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note fell to 2.03 percent from 2.05 percent a day earlier.
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