U.S. equity futures pushed further into record territory Friday, holding onto gains following a U.S. jobs report for December that was weaker than expected.
The U.S. created 148,000 jobs in December, the slowest pace in three months. Economists surveyed by FactSet expected 189,000 jobs to have been created.
The unemployment rate in December held steady at 4.1%. Hourly earnings rose 2.5% in the past 12 months, meeting estimates, and was up from 2.4% in November.
Futures pointed to another record-setting session on a snow-covered Wall Street, with contracts tied to the Dow Jones Industrial Average rising 93 points and those linked to the broader S&P 500 trading 8.5 points higher. The tech-focused Nasdaq is also looking at a 29-point opening bell gain.
The U.S. dollar index, which benchmarks the greenback against a basket of six global currencies, rose 0.2% to 92.05 following the release of the December employment report from the Labor Department.
In Europe, the benchmark Stoxx 600 index gained 0.66% to move within a whisker of the highest levels in two months, powered by gains for Germany's DAX performance index, which added 1.1%, and France's CAC-40, which gained 0.79%.
Stocks in Asia again tested 10-year highs as investors continued to push markets higher amid signals of surging regional growth and taming political tensions between North and South Korea.
Global oil prices pulled back from May 2015 highs in early U.S. trading after a surge in U.S. refining capacity -- which leaped to a 12-year high last week -- was reported Thursday by the Energy Information Administration. West Texas Intermediate crude oil fell 1.1% to $61.30 a barrel.
Apple Inc. (AAPL) - Get Report shares rose 0.4% Friday after the iPhone maker said all Mac systems and iOS devices are potentially at risk from two security bugs disclosed this week affecting processors used in computers and phones.
GoPro Inc. (GPRO) - Get Report gained 1% following a TechCrunch report that said the company was cutting 200 to 300 jobs in its aerial division, the segment of the company responsible for its Karma drone.
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