April 2, 2020, 9:19 p.m. EDT

U.S. stock futures retreat ahead of Friday's jobs report

U.S. stock index futures fell late Thursday, leaving Wall Street on track for another week of losses. As of 9 p.m. Eastern, Dow Jones Industrial Average futures (CBT:YM00) were down more than 200 points, or 1%, while S&P 500 futures (CME:ES00) and Nasdaq-100 futures (CME:NQ00) slipped as well. Earlier, stocks gained in the regular session, with the Dow (DOW:DJIA) closing up more than 2% as President Donald Trump hinted at imminent production curbs by feuding oil giants Saudi Arabia and Russia. But investors may be bracing for Friday's March jobs report, which is expected to be ugly though not fully indicative of the massive job losses caused by businesses shutting down due to the coronavirus pandemic. On Thursday, data showed that unemployment applications last week soared to a record 6.6 million.

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