US STOCKS-Wall St little changed after payrolls report

viernes 6 de febrero de 2015 11:01 GYT

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By Chuck Mikolajczak

NEW YORK, Feb 6 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks were little changed shortly after the open on Friday, after a stronger-than-expected monthly payrolls report lent weight to a belief that the U.S. Federal Reserve would hike interest rates in June.

Nonfarm payrolls increased 257,000 last month, topping expectations for 234,000 jobs, and data for November and December showed a huge revision of 147,000 more jobs created than previously reported. The unemployment rate ticked up to 5.7 percent as a result of an increased labor force.

"It was decent, the revision was definitely good," said Scott Wren, senior global equity strategist at Wells Fargo Investment Institute in St. Louis.

Traders added to bets the central bank would start to hike interest rates by mid-year after the report.   Continuación...