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Stocks end flat, despite jobs report, Syria

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Markets ended flat as traders hoped for more economic stimulus from the Federal Reserve, and worried about escalating tensions between the United States and Syria. A mediocre August jobs report — US employers added 169,000 jobs — suggested that economic growth was slowing, while providing a reason for the Fed to keep up its stimulus program. The jobs report is the last major piece of economic data the Fed will have to consider before its Sept. 17-18 policy meeting, when it will decide the fate of its bond-buying program. Some believe the Fed will start pulling back in September but the amount of the pullback may be smaller.

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