Futures Leaning Higher On Lowest Unemployment in 5 Years

by: Jonathan Liss

At 7:50 AM EDT:

U.S. Futures

S&P 500: +1.30; 1,372.60
NASDAQ: +1.75; 1,718.25
Dow: +10.00; 12,046.00

International Indexes

NIKKEI 225: 16,350.02
HANG SENG: +0.19%; 18,749.69 (+34.91)
S&P/ASX 200: +0.42%; 5,432.00 (+22.60)
BSE SENSEX 30: +0.30%; 13,130.79 (+39.67)

FTSE 100: -0.03%; 6,147.70 (-1.60)
CAC 40: +0.12%; 5,316.58 (+6.51)
XETRA-DAX: +0.22%; 6,237.08 (+13.75)

Commodity Futures (Reuters/Jefferies CRB)

Oil: +0.62%; $58.24 (+$0.36)
Gold: -0.02%; $627.70 (-$0.10)
Natural Gas: +2.05%; $7.97 (+$0.16)
Silver: +0%; $12.650

Asian Headlines (via Bloomberg.com)

China Orders Banks to Set Aside More in Reserves for Third Time This Year

Telecom New Zealand to Sell $1.5 Billion Directories Unit as Earnings Slow

South Korea Court Bars Detention of Lone Star's Ellis Short in Stock Probe

Reliance Retail Plans Sales of $22.3 Billion by 2011 From National Chain

European Headlines (via Bloomberg.com)

U.K. Services Expansion Accelerates, Adding to Case for Interest-Rate Rise

British Airways Second-Quarter Net Falls on BA Connect Sale, Terror Alert

Allianz Raises Forecast After Third-Quarter Profit Doubles on Fewer Storms

BSkyB Net Drops 17 Percent on Costs of Offering Broadband Internet Service

European Unemployment Remains at Five-Year Low of 7.8 Percent in September

U.S. Headlines (via Bloomberg.com)

October U.S. Payrolls Rise 92,000; Jobless Rate Declines to 4.4 Percent

America's Corporate Bond Sales Surpass Record on Acquisitions, Low Rates

Federal Reserve's Bies, Fisher See Inflation Rate Beginning to Come Down

Profits Increase 23 Percent in U.S., Led by Banks, Insurers; Pace May Slow

Morgan Stanley Seeks to Raise $8 Billion for Record Global Property Fund

Employers in U.S. Probably Stepped Up Hiring, Easing Slowdown Concerns