US STOCKS-Wall Street to open flat after payrolls report

viernes 9 de enero de 2015 10:09 GYT

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By Chuck Mikolajczak

NEW YORK, Jan 9 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks were poised to open little changed on Friday, after a two-day rally in equities put the S&P 500 back in positive territory for the new year and following a stronger-than-expected monthly payrolls report.

Nonfarm payrolls increased 252,000 in December, topping expectations for an increase of 240,000, while November's outsized 321,000 increase was revised higher to 353,000. The unemployment rate fell 0.2 percentage point to a 6-1/2 year low of 5.6 percent.

Futures traded lower ahead of the data, then trimmed losses to turn slightly positive after the release.

The S&P 500 added 3 percent over the last two sessions, retracing a good portion of its 4.2 percent loss in the previous five trading days, on expectations the U.S. economy will continue to accelerate and hopes the European Central Bank will take more aggressive stimulus action in the coming weeks.   Continuación...