Today brings a mix of economic news, led by the Institute for Supply Management's manufacturing report.
The overnight session leading into this morning's trading featured revised purchasing-managers indexes, which could have some impact on sentiment.
Jobless claims, the first U.S. event at 8:30 a.m. ET, are expected to inch up to 270,000 from 267,000 the previous week.
ISM's big report follows at 10 a.m. ET. Economists are looking for a reading of 50.6, down from 51.1 in August. Natural-gas inventories round out the agenda at 10:30 a.m. ET.
Micron Technology is the only noteworthy earnings report, scheduled for after the closing bell.
Tomorrow brings the Labor Department's key non-farm payrolls report and factory orders.
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