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Stock futures flat ahead of August’s main jobs report

Stock futures flat ahead of August's main jobs report

US stock futures were flat Friday morning as investors awaited the August key jobs report which will give more information about the state of the economy and could set the pace for future Fed rate increases.

Dow Jones Industrial Average futures were down 9 points. S&P 500 futures were essentially flat. Nasdaq 100 futures fell 0.1%.

The Dow and S&P 500 ended the day higher in the session prior to the start of September, posting four days of losses. The Nasdaq Composite Index plunged, posting its first five consecutive days of losses since February, weighed down by a drop in semiconductor stocks.

The three major averages are set to end the week lower after pulling back in the last days of August, on track to mark the third consecutive negative week. Stocks were affected by hawkish comments from Federal Reserve officials suggesting that interest rate hikes will not fade any time soon. Now, traders are watching to see if stocks will retest their June lows, especially since September is a historically weak month for the market.

“The half-day recovery before we have a jobs number tomorrow may simply be that people don’t want to be as short as they have been over the past two days,” Brian Kelly, founder of BKCM LLC, said on CNBC. “Quick money.”

retailer shares Lululemon Jumped nearly 10% in pre-market trading after Reporting quarterly results that beat Wall Street expectations.

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