U.S. stocks are ticking slightly to the upside in early action, trying to post the first gain for the month of September, amid a busy day of economic data, with ADP employment data missing, jobless claims unexpectedly falling and Q2 productivity being unrevised. The reports come ahead of tomorrow’s labor report and some key reads on the all-important services sector later this morning. G-III Apparel is rising after raising its guidance. Treasury yields are little changed and the U.S. dollar is dipping, with the global markets remaining skittish on trade, emerging markets and the renewed scrutiny of the tech sector. Gold and crude oil prices are higher. Asia finished mostly lower and Europe is mixed.

As of 8:55 a.m. ET, the September S&P 500 Index future is 2 points above fair value, the DJIA future is 22 points above fair value, and the Nasdaq 100 Index future is 10 points north of fair value. WTI crude oil is increasing $0.22 to $68.94 per barrel and Brent crude oil is rising $0.31 to $77.58 per barrel. The Bloomberg gold spot price is gaining $7.43 to $1,204.16 per ounce. Elsewhere, the Dollar Index—a comparison of the U.S. dollar to six major world currencies—is declining 0.2% to 95.01.

The ADP Employment Change Report showed private sector payrolls rose by 163,000 jobs in August, below the Bloomberg forecast of a 200,000 gain, while July’s increase of 219,000 jobs was revised to a 217,000 rise. Today’s ADP data, which does not include government hiring and firing, comes ahead of tomorrow’s broader August nonfarm payroll report, expected to show job growth of 198,000 and private sector employment rose by 195,000. The unemployment rate is forecast to dip to 3.8% from 3.9% and average hourly earnings are projected to rise 0.2% month-over-month (m/m).

Weekly initial jobless claims fell by 10,000 to 203,000, versus estimates calling for them to remain at the prior week’s unrevised 213,000 figure. The four-week moving average declined by 2,750 to 209,500, while continuing claims dipped by 3,000 to 1,707,000, south of estimates of 1,720,000.

Final Q2 nonfarm productivity was unrevised at the preliminary report’s 2.9% rise on an annualized basis, versus estimates of an upward adjustment to a 3.0% increase. Q1 productivity was unrevised at a 0.3% gain. Unit labor costs were adjusted to a 1.0% drop, from the initial report of a 0.9% decline, where it was expected to remain. Q1 labor costs were unrevised at a 3.4% rise.

Later this morning, the economic calendar will bring the releases of a couple reads on August services sector activity, the largest contributor to economic output, with the ISM non-Manufacturing Index projected to rise to 56.8 from 55.7 in July, as well as Markit’s Services PMI Index, forecast to be unrevised at the preliminary level of 55.2, but just shy of July’s 56.0 figure, with 50 the demarcation point between expansion and contraction for both indexes. Finally, we will get the release of factory orders, forecast to decline 0.6% m/m in July, after gaining 0.7% in June.

Treasuries are little changed, with the yields on the 2-year and 10-year notes, along with the 30-year bond, flat at 2.65%, 2.90% and 3.08%, respectively. The U.S. dollar is modestly adding to yesterday’s dip that snapped a string of gains.

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