Equities were expected to steady on Friday after sharp gains in the previous session, with futures for the S&P 500 staying flat, for the Dow Jones gaining 0.08 percent and for the Nasdaq 100 falling 0.07 percent.
* The Labor Department will release at 1230 GMT the employment report. Economists forecast that a total of 60,000 jobs were created in September compared with no new jobs in August. The unemployment rate is seen at 9.1 percent, a repeat of the August rate.
* The Commerce Department releases at 1400 GMT wholesale inventories for August. Economists predict inventories to rise 0.5 percent versus a 0.8 percent increase in July.
* At 1430 GMT, Economic Cycle Research Institute releases its weekly index of economic activity for October 1. In the prior week the index read 121.9.
* The Federal Reserve issues at 1900 GMT August consumer credit. Economists in a Reuters survey forecast consumer credit to rise $7.75 billion versus a $11.97 billion increase in July.
* The House of Representatives and the Senate will vote next Wednesday on three long-delayed trade deals with South Korea, Panama and Colombia, congressional leaders said.
* The Bank of Japan kept monetary policy unchanged on Friday, holding off from tapping its depleted policy arsenal for now although fears of a global recession and Europe's debt crisis are clouding the outlook for the fragile economy.
* Credit agency Moody's cut its ratings on British banks Lloyds
* On Friday, the FTSEurofirst 300 <.FTEU3> index of top European shares rose 0.7 percent after the European Central Bank's offer on Thursday to help struggling banks. Japan's Nikkei average <.N225> rose 1 percent.
* U.S. stocks rose for a third day in a row on Thursday. The Dow Jones industrial average <.DJI> gained 183.38 points, or 1.68 percent, to 11,123.33. The S&P 500 <.SPX> gained 20.94 points, or 1.83 percent, to 1,164.97. The Nasdaq Composite <.IXIC> gained 46.31 points, or 1.88 percent, to 2,506.82.
(Reporting by Atul Prakash; Editing by Mike Nesbit)