RTTNews - Stocks have shown some volatility over the course of morning trading on Thursday, with the major averages having difficulty sustaining any significant moves. The choppy trading comes as some traders are staying on the sidelines ahead of Friday's monthly employment report.

With traders reacting positively to some encouraging employment data, stocks moved higher at the start of trading. Buying interest waned not long after the open, however, and the major averages pulled back off their highs for the session and into negative territory.

Nonetheless, stocks have staged a recovery attempt since then, lifting the major averages well off their worst levels of the day.

Despite the recent move off the lows, significant weakness remains visible among healthcare provider stocks. The Morgan Stanley Healthcare Provider Index is currently down 2.5 percent, pulling back further off the more than ten-month closing high it set on Monday.

While some weakness also remains visible among airline and biotech stocks, most of the major sector indices have moved well off their lows for the session. At the same time, some strength is visible among real estate, retail, and banking stocks.

In recent trading, the Dow has been bouncing back and forth across the unchanged line, while the Nasdaq and the S&P 500 remain stuck in the red. While the Dow is currently up 2.04 at 9,283.01, the Nasdaq is down 6.26 at 1,986.79 and the S&P 500 is down 1.63 at 1,001.09.

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