• Trader Richard Newman, center, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015. U.S. stocks started a new month lower a day after the market wrapped up its worst quarter in four years. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

    A sluggish start for US stocks following a rough quarter

    HONG KONG (AP) — Asian stock markets were muted on Friday as investors waited for a U.S. jobs report that could influence whether the U.S. Federal Reserve chooses October or December for its first interest rate hike in nearly a decade.