U.S. stocks were little changed, after the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index rallied to a record, as investors watched corporate earnings to assess the strength of the economy before tomorrow’s employment data.
The Labor Department will tomorrow release the September jobs report, which was delayed from its original Oct. 4 date because of the 16-day partial federal shutdown that ended Oct. 17. The data will probably show employers added 180,000 workers in September.
Four out of 10 S&P 500 main industries gained as telephone and technology stocks rose at least 0.5 percent for the best performance. Health-care, energy and consumer-staples shares fell more than 0.3 percent.