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  • TREASURIES-Prices slide after U.S. employment data Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 8:47 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Oct 5- U.S. Treasuries prices fell on Friday after the government reported the U.S. unemployment rate fell more than expected in September. The U.S. Labor Department said 114,000 jobs were added to nonfarm payrolls in September, almost matching the Reuters consensus estimate of 113,000..

  • US stock futures rise as jobs report shows gains Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 8:45 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- U.S. stock futures are rising after a government report showed the U.S. unemployment rate fell below 8 percent for the first time in four years and the economy gained 114,000 jobs in September. The Labor Department said the unemployment rate declined to 7.8 percent, matching its level in January 2009 when President Barack Obama took office.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 5- Brent and U.S. crude futures pared losses on Friday, with Brent turning higher, in choppy trading after a report on September U.S. nonfarm payrolls showed more jobs added than expected. Brent crude was unchanged at $112.58 a barrel by 8:38 a.m. EDT, having traded from $111.48 to $113.05.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 5- The U.S. unemployment rate dropped to a near four-year low of 7.8 percent in September, a potential boost to President Barack Obama's re-election bid. LANE NEWMAN, DIRECTOR OF FOREIGN EXCHANGE TRADING, ING CAPITAL MARKETS, NEW YORK. PETER JANKOVSKIS, CO-CHIEF INVESTMENT OFFICER, OAKBROOK INVESTMENTS, LISLE, ILLINOIS.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 5- The U.S. unemployment rate dropped to a near four-year low of 7.8 percent in September, a potential boost to President Barack Obama's re-election bid. PETER JANKOVSKIS, CO-CHIEF INVESTMENT OFFICER, OAKBROOK INVESTMENTS, LISLE, ILLINOIS.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 5- The U.S. unemployment rate dropped to a near four-year low of 7.8 percent in September, a potential boost to President Barack Obama's re-election bid. It is good for risk but not good for the dollar and it will favor other North American currencies, such as Canada and Mexico. SEAN INCREMONA, ECONOMIST, 4 CAST LTD, NEW YORK:.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 5- U.S. stocks were set to rise on Friday after a report showed the U.S. economy added more jobs than expected last month and the unemployment rate dropped to a near four-year low in another indication that the labor market continues to recover.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 5- The U.S. unemployment rate dropped to a near four-year low of 7.8 percent in September, a potential boost to President Barack Obama's re-election bid. STORY: TABLE GRAPHIC: COMMENTS: SEAN INCREMONA, ECONOMIST, 4 CAST LTD, NEW YORK:. ROBBERT VAN BATENBURG, HEAD OF GLOBAL RESEARCH, LOUIS CAPITAL MARKETS, NEW YORK.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 5- The U.S. unemployment rate dropped to a near four-year low of 7.8 percent in September, a potential boost to President Barack Obama's re-election bid. ROBBERT VAN BATENBURG, HEAD OF GLOBAL RESEARCH, LOUIS CAPITAL MARKETS, NEW YORK. DAVID MANN, SENIOR CURRENCY STRATEGIST, STANDARD CHARTERED, NEW YORK.

  • Oct 5- The brokerage unit and a European unit of the former Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc said Friday they have agreed in principle to resolve litigation over $38 billion of claims, a step toward allowing customers and creditors some of their money. Lehman Brothers Inc and Lehman Brothers International announced the agreement in a joint statement.

  • 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.

  • Stock futures up a bit as market awaits job report Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 7:20 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- U.S. stock futures are rising modestly ahead of key U.S. jobs figures that will provide insight into the world's largest economy with just over a month to go before the U.S. presidential election. Dow futures are up 20 points to 13,518. The broader S&P 500 futures are up 2 points to 1,457. Nasdaq futures are up 6 points to 2,828..

  • BRIEF-Zynga shares plunge premarket Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 7:14 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Oct 5- Zynga Inc:.

  • Ahead of the Bell: Zynga Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 6:50 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- Shares of Zynga tumbled in premarket trading on Friday as the online game maker said that it expects a third-quarter loss due to weak demand for some of its titles. Zynga Inc. anticipates a third-quarter loss of 12 to 14 cents per share. Brian Pitz of Jefferies lowered Zynga's price target to $2.50 from $3 and maintained a "Hold" rating.

  • Olive Garden revamps for the modern family Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 6:40 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- Olive Garden is tossing out its famous "When You're Here, You're Family" slogan to cater to a more modern lifestyle. It was a very stereotypical Italian family dinner, "said Jay Spenchian, executive vice president of marketing at Olive Garden.

  • HONG KONG, Oct 5- Asian credit spreads moved in further on Friday boosted by inflows into riskier assets and as sentiment remained upbeat ahead of the crucial US jobs data. The iTraxx Asia ex- Japan investment grade index series 18 tightened by 1-2 bp to 128/ 131 bp after the European Central Bank provided further assurance about its bond buying programme.

  • Markets await key US jobs figures Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 5:51 AM ET

    In Europe, the FTSE 100 index of leading British shares was up 0.3 percent at 5,846 while Germany's DAX rose 0.5 percent to 7,342. The CAC-40 in France was 0.7 percent higher at 3,427.. The price of oil was steady after advancing in the wake of concerns of rising tensions between Turkey and Syria _ the benchmark New York rate was 74 cents lower at $90.95 a barrel.