The Labor Department is set to release September's unemployment figures Tuesday in a report originally scheduled for release Oct. 4 but delayed by the government shutdown.
The Dow Jones industrial average gave up 7.45 points or 0.05 percent Monday to 15,392.20. The Standard & Poor's 500 index at a record 1,744.66 on a gain of less than a point, adding 0.16 or 0.01 percent to top Friday's record close by a whisker. The Nasdaq composite index of tech-dominated stocks added 5.77 or 0.15 percent to 3,920.05.
In Asia, the Nikkei 225 index in Tokyo added 0.91 percent to reach 14,693.57. The Hang Seng index in Hong Kong gained 0.42 percent to 23,438.15. The Shanghai composite index in China added 1.62 percent to 2,229.24.
In Europe, Germany's DAX index added 0.02 percent to close at a record 8,867.22. The CAC 40 in France shed 0.21 percent to 4,276.92. In London, the FTSE 100 index gained 0.48 percent to 6,654.20.
On the New York Stock Exchange, 1,479 issues advanced while 1,585 declined on volume to 3 billion shares.
On currency markets, the euro rose to $1.3679 and the dollar fell 98.17 yen. On the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange, gold added $1.10 to $1,315.70 per troy ounce while silver gained 32.2 cents to $22.235.
On the Chicago Board of Trade, corn for December delivery added 2 3/4 cents to $4.44 1/4 per bushel. November contract soybeans gained 10 1/4 cents to $13.01 1/2. Wheat for December shed 6 1/4 to $6.99 1/2.
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