Stock index futures pointed to a slightly higher open on Wall Street on Friday ahead of U.S. monthly jobs data.
At 3:57 a.m., futures for the S&P 500 were up 0.11 percent, Dow Jones futures up 0.17 percent and Nasdaq 100 futures up 0.32 percent.
The U.S. Labor Department's employment report is expected at 8:30 a.m. A survey of 75 economists forecast nonfarm payrolls dropped 65,000 after declining 125,000 in June. Private-sector hiring, considered a better gauge of health in the jobs market, is seen rising 90,000 after increasing 83,000 in June.
Crude oil prices were steady on Friday above $82, while the dollar was on the defensive near a 3-1/2 month low against a basket of currencies ahead of the payroll data.
European stocks were up 0.6 percent, just shy of a 3-month high hit in the previous session, as investors hoped for a strong jobs figure from the private sector that could continue to fuel the stock rally.
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On the earnings front, investors awaited results from AIG
U.S. stocks edged lower on Thursday as an unexpected rise in initial jobless claims and unimpressive July retail sales dimmed optimism ahead of the monthly payrolls report.
The Dow Jones industrial average <.DJI> slipped 5.45 points, or 0.05 percent, to 10,674.98. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index <.SPX> dropped 1.43 points, or 0.13 percent, to 1,125.81. The Nasdaq Composite Index <.IXIC> lost 10.51 points, or 0.46 percent, to 2,293.06.
(Reporting by Blaise Robinson; Editing by Will Waterman)