NEW YORK (AP) — Stock futures are slightly higher before the release of the October jobs report, though trading is very light at the end of an unpredictable week in which U.S. markets hit record highs, but could end in negative territory.
Dow Jones industrial futures are up 6 points to 15,573. S&P futures have gained 2.6 points to 1,747.80. Nasdaq futures are up 9.5 points to 3,329.
However, major U.S. averages are down in four days of trading this week.
The Labor Department's report may not provide a clear view of the employment landscape because no one can definitively say how much the 16-day government shutdown skewed the numbers. That may hold true for the jobs report in December, too.
The Commerce Department also releases its consumer spending report for September on Friday.