Dow skids more than 500 points Friday, but stocks still on pace to snap 3-week losing streak


U.S. stocks touched fresh session lows Friday afternoon after a jobs report for September showed no signs of labor gains easing back, a key focus of the Federal Reserve as it attempts to cool stubbornly high inflation. The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -2.11% was down about 585 points, or 2%, to trade near 29,341, after putting in a session low of 29,314.70. The S&P 500 index SPX, -2.80% skid 2.6% and the Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, -3.80% tumbled 3.6%. Friday’s renewed bout of selling was cutting into strong weekly gains for U.S. stocks, but the Dow was still up 2.1% for the week, which compares with a 1.7% gain for the S&P 500 and 0.9% climb for the Nasdaq. If those gains hold the benchmarks would snap a 3-week losing streak, according to Dow Jones Market Data. The benchmark 10-year Treasury yield was climbing back to about 3.87%.

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