The U.S. stock market ended Thursday's trading slightly lower as investors were hesitant to make any large bets before the release of the government's closely watched jobs report Friday.
The Dow Jones industrial average fell 4.15 points, or 0.02 percent, to 17,863.43.
The Standard & Poor's 500 index fell 2.38 points, or 0.1 percent, to 2,099.93.
The Nasdaq composite index lost 14.74 points, or 0.3 percent, to 5,127.74.
For the week:
The Dow is up 199.89 points, or 1.1 percent.
The S&P 500 is up 20.57 points, or 1 percent.
The Nasdaq is up 73.99 points, or 1.5 percent.
For the year:
The Dow is up 40.36 points, or 0.2 percent.
The S&P is up 41.03 points, or 2 percent.
The Nasdaq is up 391.68 points, or 8.3 percent.