Stock index futures fluctuated on Friday, as investors settled into a trading environment no longer dominated by the impending arrival of the Federal Reserve's QE announcement.
The big news came from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' employment situation summary, which showed that the economy added 151,000 non-farm jobs in October. Nevertheless, the headline unemployment rate was steady at 9.6 percent. The number of workers who were employed part time involuntarily or "for economic reasons" dropped by 318,000 to 9.2 million, while those "marginally attached" to the labor force were up 200,000 to 2.6 million.
The number of long-term unemployed Americans (those out of a job for 27 or more weeks) stayed constant through October at 6.2 million.
Equities futures traders didn't quite know what to make of it, as Dow Jones Industrial Average index futures rose 8 points to 11,395 while Nasdaq 100 futures slid 3 points to 2,181.5 at 9:45 a.m. EST. S&P 500 index futures gained 1.4 points to 1,220.
Overseas indexes were equally mixed: Nikkei 225 index futures slid 10 points to 9,640, while in Hong Kong, Hang Seng index futures jumped 256 points to 24,789.
FTSE 100 index futures gained 21.5 points to 5,866.
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