World looks to U.S. jobs report


U.S. stocks are little moved this morning as investors await today’s jobs report. The S&P 500 is up 0.09% and the Dow is up 0.07%. Nonfarm payrolls increased by 151,000 in January, down from 292,000 the previous month.

Asian markets finished mixed Friday as trading slowed ahead of next week’s Lunar New Year Holiday. The Shanghai Composite fell 0.63%, and the Hang Seng was up 0.55%.

European stocks are mixed today with most indices on track for a weekly loss. The FTSE is up 0.35%, while the DAX is down 0.24%.   

Energy futures are higher today. The price for West Texas Intermediate crude oil is up $0.20 to $31.92 per barrel, while natural gas is up $0.08 to $2.05. Metals prices are mixed. Gold is up $0.20 to $1,158.70 per ounce and platinum is down $1.50 to $904.80 an ounce. The Dollar is up versus the Euro and down against the Yen.

SeaDrill Limited (SDRL), International Business Machines Corporation(IBM), and Tyson Foods, Inc. (TSN) are early risers, while Tableau Software, Inc.(DATA), LinkedIn Corporation(LNKD) and Hanesbrands Inc.(HBI) are down. [InvestorsKeyhole, news and data sources]


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