Investing.com - " U.S. stocks finished a lackluster Monday
session largely flat as investors avoided equities ahead of the
Tuesday release of the September unemployment report.
The jobs report was due for release on Oct. 4 though a government
shutdown delayed publication.
At the close of U.S. trading, the Dow Jones Industrial Average
finished down 0.05%, the S&P 500 index rose 0.01%, while the
Nasdaq Composite index rose 0.15%.
A U.S. government shutdown that began Oct. 1 and ended last week
left the stock market without one of its chief steering currents,
the monthly U.S. nonfarm payrolls report.
Investors largely avoided equities ahead of the release of the
September jobs report on Tuesday, which many hope will provide
guidance as to when the Federal Reserve will scale back stimulus
The Fed is currently buying USD85 billion in Treasury holdings and
mortgage debt a month to boost the economy, a monetary policy tool
known as quantitative easing that drives down interest rates to
spur recovery, boosting stock prices in the process.
Expectations for the Federal Reserve to hold off on tapering its
quantitative easing program to offset the effects the government
shut down may have had on recovery sent stock prices rising in
recent sessions, though investors largely avoided stocks and jumped
to the sidelines on Monday to await the jobs report.
Elsewhere, lackluster data out of the U.S. housing sector watered
down share prices as well.
The National Association of Realtors reported earlier that total
existing home sales declined 1.9% to a seasonally adjusted annual
rate of 5.29 million units in September from a downwardly revised
5.39 million in August, mainly due to home prices outpacing income
Analysts were expecting to see 5.30 million units sold.
Leading Dow Jones Industrial Average performers included General
Electric, up 2.25%, AT&T, up 1.72%, and Verizon, up 1.14%.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average's worst performers included
Boeing, down 0.85%, UnitedHealth, down 0.82%, and Wal-Mart Stores,
European indices, meanwhile, finished mixed.
After the close of European trade, the EURO STOXX 50 fell 0.14%,
France's CAC 40 fell 0.21%, while Germany's DAX 30 rose 0.02%.
Meanwhile, in the U.K. the FTSE 100 finished up 0.48%.
On Tuesday, expect the pair to trade on the U.S. jobs report.
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