DOW EKES OUT A GAIN, AFTER A LOSING AUGUST
August was a quiet month for the U.S. stock market, with volatility at very low levels. The S&P 500 did not see a day with a change of 1% in either direction the entire month. Wall Street now girds for September, which has been the worst-performing month for the Dow in the past 50 and 100 years, according to Bespoke Investment Group. Investors are girding for the August jobs report, set for release at 8:30 a.m. ET, which is being closely watched as a third straight month of strong gains in the employment market could boost odds of the first interest hike of the year by the Fed when it meets Sept. 20-21.