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  • *Zynga shares slide after warning, Facebook slips. *Sprint could counterbid on PCS- sources. NEW YORK, Oct 5- U.S. stocks rose on Friday, with the S&P 500 up for a fifth straight day and set to close at its highest since 2007, after government data showed a surprise drop in the unemployment rate.

  • U.S. stocks were poised to rise at the open, with the S&P 500 set to hit its highest since 2007, as a surprise drop in the jobless rate gives legs to this week's rally. S&P 500 futures rose 6.2 points and were above fair value, a formula that evaluates pricing by taking into account interest rates, dividends and time to expiration on the contract.

  • *Zynga shares slide after warning, Facebook slips. *Sprint could counterbid on PCS- sources. NEW YORK, Oct 5- U.S. stocks were poised to rise at the open Friday, with the S&P 500 set to hit its highest since 2007, as a surprise drop in the jobless rate gives legs to this week's rally.

  • **ZYNGA INC, Thursday close $2.81, down 22.4 pct premarket. Brokerages lowered their price targets on Zynga's stock by up to $3 per share after the social-games maker slashed its 2012 outlook for the second time due to a decline in paying customers. Facebook, which derives over a tenth of its revenue from fees paid by Zynga, was also set to open lower as was Groupon.

  • Zynga is in trouble, and that’s not great for Facebook, which can thank Zynga for 14 percent of its revenues in the first six months of 2012.

  • Stocks to Watch: HPQ, CSCO, ADP & More Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 7:47 AM ET

    Take a look at some of Fridays morning movers.

  • US STOCKS-Futures gain ahead of payrolls report Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 7:44 AM ET

    *Zynga shares slide after warning, Facebook slips. NEW YORK, Oct 5- U.S. stock index futures inched up in thin trading Friday, after four days of gains on the S&P 500, and ahead of a government payrolls report expected to show a tick up in hiring last month and a slight increase in the unemployment rate.

  • BRIEF-Facebook shares fall in premarket trade Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 7:40 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Oct 5- Facebook Inc:.

  • MARKET PULSE- Zynga, Facebook Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 7:37 AM ET

    U.S. stock index futures pointed to a mixed open on Wall Street, with futures for the S&P 500 slipping by 0.1 percent, while the Dow Jones and Nasdaq 100 futures contracts rose around 0.1 percent. **ZYNGA INC, Thursday close $2.81, down 19.2 pct premarket.

  • US STOCKS-Futures edge up ahead of payrolls report Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 7:26 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Oct 5- U.S. stock index futures were slightly higher in thin trading Friday, after four days of gains on the S&P 500, and ahead of a government payrolls report expected to show a tick up in hiring last month and a slight increase in the unemployment rate.

  • RESEARCH ALERT-JP Morgan cuts Facebook price target Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 2:20 AM ET

    *JP Morgan cuts Facebook Inc price target to $28 from $30; rating. Reuters Station users, click. 1568. Reuters Station users, click. 4899.

  • Facebook's head of communications to leave company Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 12:36 AM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 5- Joe Lockhart, Facebook Inc's head of global communications and a former press secretary for President Bill Clinton, is leaving the social networking company, Facebook said.

  • *Zynga shares slide after warning, Facebook slips. *Sprint could counterbid on PCS- sources. Labor Department data showed the jobless rate dropped by 0.3 percentage point in September to 7.8 percent, its lowest since January 2009.

  • UPDATE 1-Facebook IPO lawsuits to be heard in New York Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 8:08 PM ET

    Oct 4- Dozens of lawsuits against Facebook Inc, the NASDAQ exchange and various underwriters will be centralized before a federal judge in New York, who must sort through the legal aftermath of Facebook's botched initial public offering. Facebook had requested the transfer, while some investors sought to keep their cases in California.

  • PRESS DIGEST - Financial Times - Oct 5 Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 7:30 PM ET

    Financial Times Headlines JOHNSON SLAMS GOVERNMENT OVER AIRPORTS- MORGAN STANLEY CHIEF WARNS ON WALL ST PAY- GOOGLE EBOOK WIN LITTLE THREAT TO AMAZON- RUSSIA MOOTS ARCTIC OIL LICENCES FOR WEST- BAE TIE-UP BAD FOR UK, WARNS DARLING- BARCLAYS ALTERS INVESTMENT BANKING SHAPE- REDROW'S CHAIRMAN RAISES BID FOR GROUP- ECB KEEPS INTEREST RATES UNCHANGED- FACEBOOK EXPANDS TO 1 BLN USERS- Overview JOHNSON SLAMS GOVERNMENT OVER AIRPORTS.

  • Facebook IPO lawsuits to be heard in New York Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 7:20 PM ET

    Oct 4- Dozens of lawsuits against Facebook Inc, the NASDAQ exchange and various underwriters will be consolidated before a federal judge in New York, who must sort through the legal aftermath of Facebook's botched initial public offering. Facebook had requested the consolidation, while some investors sought to keep their cases in California.

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  • Facebook Hits Milestone, but Real News Is in Mobile Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 5:47 PM ET
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  • *Facebook confirms billion user mark, growth slows. NEW YORK/ SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 4- Facebook Inc.

  • After-Hours Buzz: ZNGA, FB, CSCO & More Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 5:09 PM ET

    Check out which companies are making headlines after the bell Thursday.