US STOCKS-Wall Street to rise despite disappointing jobs report

viernes 7 de febrero de 2014 10:22 GYT

* January payrolls disappoint, December revised up slightly

* Futures up: Dow 75 pts, S&P 12 pts, Nasdaq 27 pts

By Rodrigo Campos

NEW YORK, Feb 7 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks were set to open higher on Friday even as data showed U.S. employers hired fewer workers than expected in January and job gains for December were barely revised up.

Nonfarm payrolls rose 113,000, the Labor Department said, on an expectation of a 185,000 gain. December payrolls were raised only 1,000 to 75,000.

Strong job gains in construction hint that cold weather was probably not a major factor in January job creation, but traders appeared to expect an upward revision. The data also showed job gains in key sectors including manufacturing.

"If you drill down in the components, jobs created were in the sectors you want to see strength," said Quincy Krosby, market strategist at Prudential Financial in Newark, New Jersey.

Concern about recent soft U.S. data added to worries about growth in China and a selloff in emerging market currencies and equities to take stocks lower worldwide in the past weeks. The S&P 500, down 4 percent from a record high hit last month, has slipped 0.5 percent this week and could post its fourth weekly decline in a row, a streak not seen since July-August 2011.

S&P 500 e-mini futures rose 12 points and traded above fair value, a formula that evaluates pricing by taking into account interest rates, dividends and time to expiration on the contract. Dow Jones industrial average futures rose 75 points and Nasdaq 100 futures added 27 points.   Continuación...