U.S. Stocks Open Lower Despite Big Jump in June Jobs

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U.S. Stocks Open Lower Despite Big Jump in June Jobs
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By Liz Moyer

Investing.com -- U.S. stocks opened lower despite a robust jobs report for June that pushed aside, at least for now, ongoing fears about a recession.

At 9:30 AM ET the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 39 points, or 0.1%, while the S&P 500 fell 0.4% and the Nasdaq fell 0.9%.

The economy added 372,000 jobs last month, compared with expectations for 268,000, while the unemployment rate stayed at 3.6%.

The tight labor market comes despite the Federal Reserve’s attempts to cool demand, and Friday’s number isn’t likely to knock the central bank off its goal of taming inflation by raising interest rates quickly. Expectations are that the Fed will raise rates by another 0.50 to 0.75 percentage point later this month.

Twitter Inc (NYSE: TWTR ) shares fell 3.3% in premarket trading after a report in the Washington Post that Elon Musk’s deal for the social media company was in jeopardy.

Shares of GameStop Corp (NYSE: GME ) fell 4% in the premarket after the videogame retailer said it had replaced its chief financial officer and would lay off employees. The company earlier announced a 4-for-1 stock split.

Oil rose. Crude Oil WTI Futures was up 2.2%, to $105 a barrel, and Brent Oil Futures crude was up 2%, to $106 a barrel. Gold Futures was flat at $1,740.

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