Stocks Edge Higher Ahead of Jobs Data

Trading volume was light in advance of Friday's September employment report, which could hold the key to further Fed rate cuts

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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