U.S. stocks declined on Tuesday as investors were digesting the latest economic data from the country.
The ADP private sector employment report showed that 253,000 jobs were added in May, well above the 185,000 jobs estimated by economists polled by Reuters.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average traded in record territory on Thursday, buoyed by financials and healthcare providers, as Well Street prepared for the release of nonfarm payrolls.
The Nasdaq composite slid 7 points, or 0.1 percent, to 6,203.19.
The Russell 2000 index of small-company stocks jumped 25.85, or 1.9 percent, to 1,396.06.
Stocks open mostly lower following the extended holiday weekend, pulling back from record levels set last week, although the Nasdaq inches higher as Amazon tops $1,000 for the first time; S&P and Dow -0.1%, Nasdaq +0.1%.
The more comprehensive jobs report from the USA government arrives on Friday.
13-1 shot Cloud Computing springs upset in Preakness
Javier Castellano on Cloud Computing overtook Classic Empire late to win the 142nd running of the Preakness Stakes on Saturday. We were in the position we expected to be, and I think the turnaround (from the Derby) was a little too quick.
The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury Note inched lower to 2.199 percent, while the yield on the 30-year Treasury Bond also edged lower to 2.863 percent.
Oil prices fell to keep US crude CLc1 below the $50 a barrel mark on concerns output cuts by the world's big exporters may not be sufficient to lessen a global glut and signs of resurgent output in Libya.
OH, DEERE: Deere shares rose $3.45, or 2.8 percent, to $125.91 after it agreed to buy Wirtgen Group, a German maker of road-construction equipment for about 4.6 billion euros, or $5.2 billion.
West Texas Intermediate was up 0.1% to $48.39 a barrel and Brent crude was flat at $50.74.
FIVE STARS: Dollar General rose $2.58, or 3.5 percent, to $75.97 after it reported stronger earnings for the latest quarter than analysts expected.
The Dow is up 63.90 points, or 0.3 percent. The S&P 600 Small-Cap Index closed at 846.65 for a gain of 14.48 points or 1.74%. This helped pressure the U.S. Dollar against a basket of currencies.