U.S. stocks looked set for a lackluster start Thursday after a two-day rally.
Investors had virtually no reaction to job numbers released by ADP, which showed hiring continuing at a modest pace.
"Today's number does almost nothing to change the larger labor market story," said Dan Greenhaus, chief global strategist at BTIG.
The Labor Department's initial jobless claims figures also pointed to a steady recovery in the job market, with fewer people filing for unemployment.
Syria is sure to dominate discussions at the G-20 conference in Russia, which kicks off Thursday. Investors will be listening closely to assess if and when a military strike may occur. The G-20 summit was meant to focus on the global economy, but the debate over Syria is expected to overshadow the event.
Earlier in the day, the Bank of Japan struck a more upbeat note on prospects for the world's third-largest economy, saying that the country is on track to beat deflation.
Shares in LinkedIn ( continued were lower in premarket trading Thursday, though they had recovered somewhat from earlier losses. The company sold more than$1.2 billion in )stock in a secondary offering Wednesday night. The company's shares are still up more than 100% this year.