Stock index futures pointed to a sharply higher open for equities on Wall Street on Friday, with futures for the S&P 500, for the Dow Jones and for the Nasdaq 100 up 1 to 1.1 percent ahead of a key jobs report.
U.S. employment growth likely picked up speed in November, but the pace is not expected to be quick enough to bring down the country's 9 percent jobless rate. Nonfarm payrolls likely increased by 122,000 last month, according to a survey, which would outpace October's 80,000.
A top Chinese foreign ministry official said Europe cannot expect China to use a big portion of its $3.2 trillion foreign exchange reserves to rescue indebted nations, Beijing's strongest rebuttal yet to suggestions it should bail out the euro zone.
Economic Cycle Research Institute releases at 10:30 a.m. ET its weekly index of economic activity for the week ended November 25. In the prior week the index read 122.3.
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European stocks <.FTEU3> rose 1.5 percent on Friday and were set to post their biggest weekly gains since the onset of the financial crisis in late 2008, on hopes of upbeat U.S. jobs data and a bold solution to the euro zone debt crisis at the December 9 summit.
U.S. stocks were trod water on Thursday after the previous day's massive gains, but traders worried that recent strong data could set the market up for a sell-off should Friday's jobs report fall short of hopes.
The Dow Jones industrial average <.DJI> closed down 25.65 points, or 0.21 percent, at 12,020.03. The S&P 500 <.SPX> lost 2.38 points, or 0.19 percent, to 1,244.58. The Nasdaq Composite <.IXIC> gained 5.86 points, or 0.22 percent, to 2,626.20.
(Reporting by Atul Prakash; Editing by Jon Loades-Carter)