Stocks Fall in Anticipation of Friday Jobs Report | ETF Trends

Following a huge rally, the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped more than 100 points on Thursday as investors await Friday’s jobs report. The closely watched data coming Friday could determine the pace at which the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates going forward.

After a 737-point gain on Wednesday, the index dropped 187 points or 0.5%. The Dow rallied on Wednesday following news that a key inflation measure that the Fed follows rose less than expected, and after Fed Chair Jerome Powell said the central bank is in a position to reduce the size of rate hikes as soon as next month. Now, investors are awaiting data on non-farm payrolls, the unemployment rate, and hourly wages Friday for insight into the labor market.

“It looks more technical and just looks like an exhale from yesterday’s big push,” David Grecsek, managing director of investment strategy and research at Aspiriant, told CNBC.

The U.S. added 200,000 jobs in November, down from 261,000 in the prior month, according to economists polled by Dow Jones.

“A big number will spook the markets further that the Fed’s not going to be able to slow down their pace of rate hikes,” Megan Horneman, chief investing officer at Verdence Capital Advisors, told the media outlet.

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