* 156,000 jobs added in September vs est. 175,000
* Unemployment inches up to 5.0 pct
* Dollar reverses course to fall 0.3 percent
* Gap rises after same-store sales fall less than expected
* Indexes down: Dow 0.23 pct, S&P 0.22 pct, 0.22 pct
(Updates to open)
By Yashaswini Swamynathan
Oct 7 Wall Street was lower on Friday after a
weaker-than-expected September jobs report indicated that the
U.S. Federal Reserve would be cautious about raising interest
U.S. employment growth slowed for the third straight month
in September, with employers adding 156,000 jobs, a report by
the Labor Department showed. Economists polled by Reuters had
The rate of unemployment climbed to 5 percent from 4.9
percent in August, though the increase was driven by Americans
rejoining the labor force.
Hourly wages for private sector workers rose 2.6 percent,
compared with last year, and were in line with economists'
"The uptick in both wage growth and the participation rate
is good news for the economy," said Mohamed El-Erian, Allianz's
chief economic adviser.
"But it occurred in the context of a slight shortfall in job
creation, thus failing to make a compelling economic case for a
Fed rate hike."
After the report, traders cut the odds of a November rate
increase to 10 percent from 15.5 percent. However, the CME
Group's FedWatch tool showed a 66 percent chance of a move in
Cleveland Fed President and voting member Loretta Mester
told CNBC that the jobs number was "solid" and that she
continues to believe it appropriate for the central bank to
The dollar, which had risen as much as 0.43 percent,
reversed course to fall 0.3 percent.
Investors will now focus on Fed officials including Vice
Chairman Stanley Fischer, considered an interest rate hawk, and
Board Governor Lael Brainard, who has been more dovish, for
their take on the labor market.
At 9:54 a.m. ET (1354 GMT) the Dow Jones industrial average
was down 41.98 points, or 0.23 percent, at 18,226.52.
The S&P 500 was down 4.7 points, or 0.22 percent, at
The Nasdaq Composite was down 11.86 points, or 0.22
percent, at 5,294.99.
Eight of the 11 major S&P 500 indexes were higher, led by a
1.55 percent rise in the rate-sensitive utilities index
Sterling plunged as much as 10 cents to $1.1491 in just a
few minutes in Asia, a "flash crash" that fueled concerns about
the vulnerability of the British currency.
Gap rose 6.7 percent after the clothing retailer
reported a lower-than-expected fall in comparable sales for
Cruise operator Carnival Corp was down 1.9 percent
as a major hurricane hits Florida, threatening travel.
Declining issues outnumbered advancing ones on the NYSE by
1,452 to 1,193. On the Nasdaq, 1,487 issues fell and 845
The S&P 500 index showed three new 52-week highs and two new
lows, while the Nasdaq recorded 27 new highs and 16 new lows.
(Reporting by Yashaswini Swamynathan in Bengaluru; Editing by