The Dow has its first weekly gain in a month, but stocks end basically flat on worries about continuing slow job growth. Syria worries add to volatility.
The Labor Department issues its August report before Friday's open. Investors are looking for data that give the Fed room not to trim its bond buying.
The Dow falls nearly 4.5% for the month as stocks suffer modest losses. September, historically a tough month, looms. Markets are closed Monday for Labor Day.
The Syrian crisis lifts New York crude to its highest level since summer 2008. Brent briefly pushes above $117.
The Nasdaq's loss is its largest in more than a year. Stocks are suffering biggest monthly losses since May 2012 on concerns about possible U.S. response to nerve-gas use in Syria.
Shares fall Monday and are down 11% in August. There are worries about its growth prospects and who will succeed its aging CEO and president.
Low-trading volumes may minimize big market moves in the days to come. But September and its volatile history are still ahead.
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