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Charting the Markets: Gearing Up for U.S. Jobs Report

Markets react ahead of the final monthly report before the Federal Reserve's September policy meeting.

Only one thing matters to global investors today: The U.S. job report. It's the final major piece of economic data before the Federal Reserve announces its latest interest rate decision on Sept. 17. Asian stocks resumed their slide after a one-day bounce which was prompted by a two-day Chinese holiday to commemorate the end of World War II. The MSCI Asia Pacific Index fell as much a 1.5 percent, its fourth drop in five days. The gauge is on track for its seventh weekly decline, the longest losing stretch since June 2011.

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