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Market Snapshot: Stock market set for lower open after lackluster jobs report, Syria strike

U.S. stock-index futures, already jittery after President Donald Trump’s late-Thursday airstrike against Syria, stepped lower Friday as March employment data came in weaker than expected.

The Labor Department report showed that the U.S.created just 98,000 new jobs in March, marking the smallest gain in almost a year, as hiring cooled. Economists polled by MarketWatch had predicted a 185,000 increase in nonfarm jobs.

Futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average YMM7, -0.11% fell 50 points, or 0.3%, at 20,554, while those for the $&P 500 index ESM7, -0.07% were down off 6 points, or 0.2%, at 2,348, and Nasdaq-100 futures NQM7, -0.07% retreated 11 points, or 0.2%, at 5,413.

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