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With traders reacting positively to the September jobs report, stocks are likely to move to the upside in early trading on Tuesday. The major index futures are currently pointing to a higher open for the markets, with the Dow futures up by 36 points.

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Wall Street appears to be persisting with its feeble optimism, as indicated by the U.S. index futures, which point to a slightly higher opening on Friday.

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U.S. stock-index futures were little changed, after the Dow Jones Industrial Average yesterday rose to its highest level since 2007, as investors assessed the results of stress tests of the country’s biggest banks.

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 After turning in a lackluster performance throughout the previous session, stocks may continue to experience choppy trading on Friday. The major index futures are currently pointing to a mixed open for the markets. While the Dow futures are down by 14 points, the Nasdaq futures are up by 3 points.

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The next three days provide us with a whole host of interesting numbers and events, including the forward-looking report on US durable goods orders and confidence from both the US and Eurozone today, ECB's second round of 3-year LTRO tomorrow and US ISM Manufacturing on Thursday. Let us jump straight in:

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Following the Federal Reserve-inspired rally seen in the latter part of the previous session, stocks turned in a relatively lackluster performance throughout the trading day on Thursday.

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U.S. stocks rallied this week, putting the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index 0.2 percent away from erasing its losses since April, amid optimism Greece will get another bailout and better-than-estimated economic data.

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U.S. stock futures fell as demand dropped at a Spanish bond auction, investors awaited data that may show growth in service industries slowed and the Federal Reserve signaled it may refrain from more monetary stimulus.

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Policymakers of the Bank of England are widely expected to hold the key rate at its current record low level as the bank has pledged not to raise rates until the jobless rate falls to 7 percent. Moreover, price stability knock out conditions have not materialized in the economy to override the forward guidance.

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