US STOCKS-Futures point to higher Wall St open after jobs report

viernes 6 de junio de 2014 09:09 GYT

* May payroll report shows pace of hiring remains solid

* Indexes look to extend recent rally, on track for strong week

* BofA could pay more than $12 bln to settle probes: WSJ

* Futures up: Dow 52 pts, S&P 3.5 pts, Nasdaq 10 pts (Updates with payroll report)

By Ryan Vlastelica

NEW YORK, June 6 (Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures pointed to a higher open on Wall Street Friday, indicating the market's advance to repeated records could be extended after the May payrolls report provided the latest confirmation that economic conditions were improving.

* About 217,000 jobs were added in May, slightly fewer than expected, while the unemployment rate held steady at 6.3 percent. With the report, the economy has recouped the 8.7 million jobs lost during the recession.

* While the report was modestly under forecasts, the bullish trend in the data could serve as a positive catalyst for a market that has been strong lately, though often notching only slight gains as investors search for reasons to keep buying.

* The S&P 500 has risen in nine of the past 11 sessions, gaining 3.6 percent over that period. It has ended at a record high five times in the past six sessions.   Continuación...