The S&P 500 lost 1.1 percent to 1,382.20 at 4 p.m. New York time. Treasury 10-year yields slipped as much as four basis points to a one-month low of 2.02 percent. Gold futures added 0.8 percent to $1,643.90 an ounce. The euro reversed losses, climbing 0.1 percent to $1.3113. Copper futures slumped to the lowest level since Feb. 17.
“The economy does continue to grow, but slowly,” John Carey, who helps oversee about $220 billion at Pioneer Investments in Boston, said in a telephone interview. “That’s been the source of frustration for a lot of investors, that we haven’t had the big forward movement in the economy like we have in the past.”
All western European stock markets were shut for holidays, along with Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Thailand and South Africa. U.S. markets were closed on April 6, when the monthly report from the Labor Department was released. The MSCI Asia Pacific Index (MXAP) of shares in the region fell 0.6 percent today.
Overcoming JobsThe U.S. jobs report presents a challenge that stocks have overcome nine times during the bull market that drove the S&P 500 up more than 100 percent in three years. While the S&P 500 averaged losses of 0.8 percent in the day after the data missed projections by at least 85,000 since March 2009, the benchmark gauge cut its decline in half a week later and was up 0.9 percent after two weeks, the data show.
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