• 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.

  • This July 6, 2015, file photo, shows "Wall Street" carved into the side of a building in New York's financial district. World stocks rose Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015, after a Chinese manufacturing index improved and buying appetite strengthened after substantial falls in stock prices in the past quarter. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

    Chinese manufacturing figures shore up global markets

    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks started a new month lower a day after the market wrapped up its worst quarter in four years. Exxon Mobil, Chevron and other oil producers bucked the trend early Thursday, following crude oil higher.

  • In this Monday, Aug. 8, 2011 file photo, a pedestrian walks past the New York Stock Exchange in New York. U.S. stocks are rising in early trading Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015,  following big gains in Asia and Europe as major indexes head toward their worst quarterly close in four years. (AP Photo/Jin Lee, File)

    US stocks rise sharply following big gains in Europe, Asia

    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks rose across the board Wednesday following big gains in Asia and Europe, a buoyant end to the worst quarter for the market in four years.

  • A currency trader walks near the screen showing the Korean Securities Dealers Automated Quotations (KOSDAQ) and foreign exchange rates at the foreign exchange dealing room in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015. Asian stock markets bounced higher Wednesday, led by gains in Japan where investors were buoyed by expectations for more economic stimulus. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

    Asian stock markets higher, Japan gains on stimulus hopes

    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are opening sharply higher following big gains in Asia and Europe.

  • In this Monday, Aug. 24, 2015, file photo, the New York Stock Exchange is seen. Global stocks were mostly lower Monday, Sept. 28, 2015, following Wall Street's loss last week as investors looked ahead to Chinese and U.S. economic data. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

    US stocks drop in early trading on growth worries

    TOKYO (AP) — Asian stock markets tumbled Tuesday, extending a global market sell-off triggered by grim corporate news, expectations of a Fed rate hike and jitters about the Chinese economy.