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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.
With geopolitical tensions mounting and a budget battle looming in Washington, it's hard to see when or why the worries might stop.
The downside risk in terms of the Nasdaq is 21.8% by year end.
For dividend investors, the move means years of stable dividend growth. But the US telco will also have far less financial flexibility to make quick moves in the fast-changing industry.
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.
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