Stocks Ended Mixed ahead of Jobs Report

U.S. stocks ended Mixed on Thursday ahead of Friday’s much-anticipated September jobs report. The Dow Jones Industrial Average ticked down 12.53 points, or 0.07%, to 18,268.50. The S&P 500 advanced 1.04 points, or 0.05%, to 2,160.77. The Nasdaq Composite slipped 9.17 points, or 0.17%, to 5,306.85.

Oil futures topped $50 a barrel a barrel on Thursday, marking their highest settlement since early June, as traders eyed the potential for storm-related disruptions to crude supply in the southeastern U.S. November West Texas Intermediate crude added 61 cents, or 1.2%, to settle at $50.44 a barrel. December Brent crude added 65 cents, or 1.3%, to $52.51 a barrel.

Shares of Tesla Motors Inc. dropped in active trade Thursday, after Goldman Sachs downgraded the electric car maker, citing concerns over the potential collateral damage from the proposed acquisition of SolarCity Corp.

Theranos Inc. said it will shut down its blood-testing facilities and shrink its workforce by more than 40%. Theranos says it is shifting its focus to a product it calls the miniLab, with the goal of commercializing “miniaturized, automated laboratories.”

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