Dow futures hold solid gains Friday as 245,000 jobs created in November, marking lowest tally since May

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U.S. stock-index futures traded higher Friday, holding gains, after a key report on employment showed that 245,000 jobs were created in November and the unemployment rate held steady at 6.7%. Investors were looking at the figures from the Labor Department for November for clues to the strength of the labor market and as the COVID-19 pandemic worsens, with lawmakers in Washington weighing another round of aid spending. Economists surveyed by MarketWatch forecast a 438,000 increase in new jobs in November. Futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average were up 115 points, or 0.4%, at 30,044, those for the S&P 500 index advanced 0.3% at 3,675, while Nasdaq-100 futures advanced 0.3% at 12,494.
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