Stock Futures Flat Ahead Of Employment Report

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NEW YORK (AP) - A key measure of the jobs market in the U.S. will likely be the focus of trading on Wall Street.

The government plans to issue its January unemployment report at 8:30 am EST. Economists expect the unemployment rate to rise to 9.5 percent from 9.4 percent because of harsh winter weather that tempered hiring gains.

Earlier Friday, health insurer Aetna Inc. says that its fourth quarter revenues were higher than analysts had predicted. Its shares rose 8 percent in pre-market trading.

Ahead of the opening bell, Dow Jones industrial average futures are up 16 points, or 0.1 percent, to 12,025. S&P 500 futures are up 1, or 0.1 percent, to 1,305. Nasdaq 100 futures are up 2, or 0.1 percent, to 2,324.




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