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April 4, 2014

US stock futures climb after jobs report

Stock futures climbed after the federal government said employers added 192,000 workers to their payrolls last month. The unemployment rate was unchanged at 6.7 percent.

KEEPING SCORE: Dow Jones industrial average futures rose 55 points, or 0.3 percent, to 16,556 a half hour before the start of regular trading. Standard & Poor's 500 index futures were up seven points, or 0.4 percent, at 1,890. Nasdaq futures rose 17 points, or 0.5 percent, to 3,648.

MUDDLED JOBS REPORT: The Labor Department says employers added 192,000 jobs in March. That's less than economists had expected and also below February's total of 197,000. On the bright side, employers added a combined 37,000 more jobs in February and January than the government first estimated. A half-million Americans started looking for work last month, and many of them found jobs.

WRONG TURN: CarMax slumped $1.07, or 2 percent, to $46.49 in premarket trading after the used car seller said its quarterly income fell 7 percent as the effects of an accounting correction offset higher vehicle demand.

EUROPE: Germany's DAX added 0.5 percent and France's CAC 40 rose 0.5 percent. Britain's FTSE 100 rose 0.4 percent.

ASIA: In Japan, Tokyo's Nikkei 225 edged down 0.1 percent. Hong Kong's Hang Seng shed 0.2 percent while on mainland China the Shanghai Composite gained 0.7 percent.

BONDS AND COMMODITIES: Bond prices rose. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note dipped to 2.78 percent from 2.80 percent late Thursday. The price of crude oil rose 85 cents to $101.13 a barrel. Gold gained $13.50 to $1,298.10 an ounce.

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