Stocks End Mostly Lower, Unable to Gain Much Traction Before Belated Jobs Report Tomorrow

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Stocks ended mostly lower today, drifting little changed throughout much of the session ahead of the Labor Department tomorrow releasing a belated jobs report for September. The S&P 500 briefly rose to an all-time high early in the session while the Nasdaq Composite Index was up a fourth session, to its best levels since the Internet bubble before losing steam in afternoon trade. Technology stocks performed well during the session, while shares of consumer staple and industrial companies also squeezed out small sector gains.




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