Stocks pared early losses and traded near breakeven on Friday morning, as Joe Biden moved closer to winning the presidency, with narrow leads in key swing states. October employment data was stronger than expected. The Labor Department said that the U.S. economy added 638,000 nonfarm payroll jobs in October, above the Bloomberg consensus forecast of 580,000 though down from a revised 672,000 in September. The official unemployment rate also fell to 6.9% from 7.9% and was lower than the consensus forecast. The Dow and the S&P were flat, and the Nasdaq was down 0.2%. Crude oil fell more than 3% to $37.50 per barrel, while gold rose $6 to $1953 per ounce.
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