U.S. stock futures retreat ahead of Friday's jobs report

 marketwatch.com  04/03/2020 01:19:00   Mike Murphy

U.S. stock index futures fell late Thursday, leaving Wall Street on track for another week of losses. As of 9 p.m. Eastern, Dow Jones Industrial Average futures YM00, -1.22% were down more than 200 points, or 1%, while S&P 500 futures ES00, -1.00% and Nasdaq-100 futures NQ00, -1.01% slipped as well. Earlier, stocks gained in the regular session, with the Dow DJIA, -1.09% closing up more than 2% as President Donald Trump hinted at imminent production curbs by feuding oil giants Saudi Arabia and Russia. But investors may be bracing for Friday's March jobs report, which is expected to be ugly though not fully indicative of the massive job losses caused by businesses shutting down due to the coronavirus pandemic. On Thursday, data showed that unemployment applications last week soared to a record 6.6 million.

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