Stocks Edge Higher Ahead of Jobs Data
Major U.S. stock indexes ended modestly higher Thursday, getting a late shot of buying after a sluggish, low-volume trading session, with investors unwilling to take major new positions ahead of the all-important nonfarm payrolls report due out 8:30 a.m. EDT Friday. The strength or weakness of the September data will be a key factor in the Federal Reserve's decision on further rate cuts at its policy committee meeting in late October.
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