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GENERAL STOCK MARKET COMMENT: U.S. stock indexes closed weaker today. Global stock markets were mixed overnight. Risk aversion may be creeping back into the marketplace. The first U.S. presidential debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden takes place in Cleveland, Ohio Tuesday night. While most agree the debates will change very few voters' minds, the marketplace remains a bit skittish ahead of the debate, which is likely to produce some fireworks. Covid-19 still looms in the background as a risk factor in the global marketplace. Cooler weather is coming in the Northern Hemisphere, and many believe rising infections in the coming months could shut down businesses again. And no successful vaccine appears in sight. The important outside markets early today see the U.S. dollar index down again on a corrective pullback after hitting a two-month high late last week. Nymex crude oil prices are sharply lower and trading around $38.50. Meantime, the yield on the U.S. Treasury 10-year note is trading around 0.65% today. The U.S. economic data point highlight of the week will be Friday morning's monthly jobless report for September from the Labor Department. The key non-farm payrolls number is forecast at up 875,000 and the unemployment rate is forecast at 8.2%.