U.S. stock index futures pointed to a slightly higher open on Wall Street on Friday, with futures for the S&P 500 up 0.1 percent, Dow Jones futures up 0.1 percent and Nasdaq 100 futures up 0.04 percent at 4.10 a.m. EST.
A U.S. government report is expected to show the economy stopped shedding jobs last month for the first time since it slid into recession two years ago. The data is due at 8.30 a.m. A Reuters survey of 84 economists on Thursday forecast nonfarm payrolls would be flat in December after dropping by 11,000 in November, far fewer than in previous months.
Tech shares will be in focus after TSMC <2330.TW>, the world's largest contract chipmaker, said on Friday its December sales more than doubled from a year earlier, boding well for 2010 as new computers and other high-tech gadgets boost demand.
Goldman Sachs Group Inc
NBC's experiment in moving late-night comedian Jay Leno to prime-time television looked to be near its end on Thursday amid several reports that the network will return Leno to its late-night lineup.
India's Reliance Industries Ltd
Bank of America Corp
Exxon Mobil Corp
Apollo Group Inc
Japan's Nikkei stock average hit a 15-month high on Friday, with chip-related shares climbing on increasing global demand for high-tech products, while European stocks were up 0.5 percent in morning trade, led by buoyant banking stocks such as Deutsche Bank
The Dow and the S&P 500 rose on Thursday after Bank of America
The Dow Jones industrial average <.DJI> gained 33.18 points, or 0.31 percent, to end at 10,606.86. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index <.SPX> added 4.55 points, or 0.40 percent, to 1,141.69. But the Nasdaq Composite Index <.IXIC> slipped 1.04 points, or 0.05 percent, to 2,300.05.
(Reporting by Blaise Robinson; Editing by Mike Nesbit)