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Stock Market Today: Stock Futures Gain

Friday, October 4, 2013 8:07:15 AM
How is the stock market today? Stock futures pointed to a higher start on Friday even as impasse over the budget deal continued until Thursday, pushing the shutdown to its fourth day.

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At last check, futures on Dow Jones added 0.13%; those on NASDAQ 100 gained 0.23% while futures on S&P 500 Index edged up 0.19%

President Obama cancelled his visit to Asia due to the budget impasse. He was scheduled to attend an APEC conference in Indonesia. Meanwhile, House Speaker John Boehner said on Thursday that he was willing to negotiate over increasing the debt-ceiling limit, the New York Times reported.

The all-important non-farm payrolls report (September) and data on unemployment rate will not be released on Friday due to the shutdown. Hence, investors are likely to turn their attention towards the policymakers. Several key officials from the Federal Reserve, (two members from the FOMC: William Dudley and Jeremey Stein, and Richard Fisher and Narayana Kocherlakota, are scheduled to deliver speeches on Friday.

The earnings calendar is light with no major company expected to report quarterly results on Friday.

In some corporate news, Citigroup Inc. (NYSE: C) has been asked to pay $30 million in penalty by investigators for passing a negative information (research) linked to Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) and a supplier to four investment firms before making it public.

Instagram, Facebook Inc.’s (NASDAQ: FB), photo sharing service announced on Thursday that it will start showing ads in its feeds

Elsewhere in Europe, equities were trading mixed with Stoxx 600 down 0.14%, at last check.

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