Stock Market Today: Bulls Get 'Goldilocks' Jobs Number, Sharply Trimming Futures Losses

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Stock futures were gaining some strength Friday after a jobs number that was not too cold and not too hot. It was the "Goldilocks" number that market strategists such as Bill Stone, chief investment strategist at PNC Asset Management Group was looking for.

"In the intermediate-term, a stronger economy and more jobs is certainly better for stocks," said Stone. "As long as geopolitical concerns don't intrude, yields should move higher on a better payrolls number."

Nonfarm payroll rose by 209,000 in July, which was slightly lower than the average 233,000 estimate expected by economists surveyed by Thomson Reuters. However, it still marks the sixth consecutive month of growth exceeding 200,000. It was solid number that was not strong enough to trigger short-term concerns of expedited Federal Reserve rate hiking, and certainly not weak enough to signal economic vulnerabilities. The June number was upwardly revised to 298,000 from 288,000.

S&P 500 futures were off just 3.5 points, or 3.72 points below fair value, to 1,921.25. Dow Jones Industrial Average (DIA) futures were down 28 points, or 30.30 points below fair value, to 16,466. Nasdaq (QQQ) futures were down only 3 points, or 3.3 points below fair value, to 3,881.8.

All the indices finished negative for the month on Thursday, with the Dow in the red for the year and the VIX "fear gauge" spiking more than 27% to 16.98 as mixed earnings reports, concerns about the health of the European economy and financial sector, and the wait for Friday's nonfarm payrolls report rocked the global markets.

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