Stock Markets Latest News: Anxiety High Ahead of Jobs Data, Traders Guard Against Surprises

Options market investors are preparing for a bumpy ride in case of a surprise - be it a good or bad number - from the June U.S. jobs report due out later this week.. U.S. stock futures are sliding along with global markets as hotspots in Europe and the Middle East overshadow what are expected to be positive economic signs at home. Stocks opened lower on Wall Street, tracking international weakness despite an upbeat report on hiring in the United States. In early trading, the Standard & Poor?s 500-share index fell 0.3 percent, the Dow Jones industrial average lost 0.1 percent and the Nasdaq composite was 0.1 percent lower.
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