Dow trades higher after jobs report details hiring slowdown

Wall Street clawed back earlier losses and traded slightly higher Friday, on the heels of the government jobs report that showed hiring slowed in August.

The Dow was some 120 points up, or 0.5%, while the S<><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><>&P 500 traded 0.3% higher. Both indexes alternated between gains and losses shortly after the opening bell. The Nasdaq Composite also traded 0.1% higher./ppThe jobs report showed the a href=”” target=”_blank”United States added 130,000 jobs last month/a, missing expectations and providing further evidence of a slowdown in hiring. Private payrolls grew at the weakest pace since May./ppWage growth, however, grew 3.2% from a year ago. And the unemployment rate held steady at 3.7%, near the lowest level in the past 50 years./ppInvestors bid safe-haven bonds higher after the report. The 10-year Treasury yield declined to 1.547%, compared with 1.6% before the jobs report. Gold prices also rose earlier in the day, but since gave up their gains./ppIan Shepherdson, chief economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics, called the jobs report “ominous” and weaker than the headline suggests./pp”The trend is softening, as firms scale back hiring plans alongside capital spending, in the face of prolonged and deep uncertainty,” Shepherdson wrote in a note to clients./ppStocks have closed higher over the past two sessions, logging their best day in three weeks on Thursday amid optimism over US-China trade relations. Washington and Beijing are set to return to the negotiating table in October./ppThe jobs report probably won’t derail expectations of further interest rate cuts./ppThe Federal Reserve first cut rates in July to boost the economy. Expectations for a quarter percentage point cut at the September 18 meeting are at 91%, according to the CME’s FedWatch tool./ppFed Chairman Jerome Powell didn’t offer indications on the central banks plans in remarks he delivered at an event at the Swiss National Bank./ppHowever, Powell said the Fed did not see a recession coming, but added that the economy is facing significant risks, pledging that the central bank would act as appropriate to ensure the expansion keeps going./ppem– CNN’s Donna Borak contributed to this report/em/p