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Futures nudge higher after September jobs report

U.S. stock index futures ticked slightly higher Tuesday following the delayed release of the government jobs report.

U.S. employers added just 148,000 workers in September, according to the Labor Department, missing expectations for a gain of 180,000 new jobs. Still, the unemployment rate dropping to 7.2 percent, the lowest level since November 2008.

The report, originally scheduled for release on Oct. 4, was delayed more than two weeks due to the government shutdown. Most market-watchers now expect the central bank to continue its $85 billion a month bond-buying program until well into 2014.

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On Monday, Chicago Fed President Charles Evans, one of the more dovish members of the Federal Reserve's Open Market Committee, had said the central bank was likely to delay tapering off its asset purchases for several months, awaiting "a couple of good labor reports and evidence of increasing GDP growth."

"The Fed will be no rush to engage in tapering this year," wrote Tanweer Akram, senior economist at ING Investment Management. "As a result, 10 year Treasury yields are likely to stay confined in a range of 2.2 percent to 3.2 percent rest of the year."

Among earnings, DuPont posted earnings that topped expectations, thanks to strong solar panel sales and other products, while revenue was essentially in line.

United Technologies edged past estimates by a penny a share, while revenue fell short of projections, due to weakness in military aerospace markets and the slow pace of recovery in Europe. But the company raised the lower end of its earnings forecast for the full year.

Fellow Dow component Travelers rallied after the insurer easily beat forecasts and announced a $5 billion addition to its stock buyback program.

Netflix spiked after the online video company posted blowout earnings after the market close Monday. At least 10 brokerages boosted their price targets on the firm. The stock has almost quadrupled since the beginning of the year.

Amgen, Broadcom and Juniper Networks are among notable companies slated to post earnings after the closing bell.

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Apple edged higher ahead of its highly-anticipated product launch event, where the tech giant is expected to unveil new versions of its full-sized iPad and iPad Mini in time for the holiday season.

Meanwhile, competitors Nokia and Microsoft each unveiled tablet devices, in an attempt to steal some spotlight ahead of Apple's event. Nokia took the wraps off its first-ever tablet, the Lumia 2520 in Abu Dhabi. And Microsoft started selling its new Surface 2 tablet in the U.S. starting midnight.

Transocean climbed after after S&P Dow Jones Indices announced the drilling services company will replace Dell on the S&P 500 index after the close of trading next Monday.

—By CNBC's JeeYeon Park (Follow JeeYeon on Twitter: @JeeYeonParkCNBC)

On Tap This Week:

TUESDAY: Richmond Fed mfg index, Apple event, Nokia event, Microsoft Surface release; Earnings from Amgen, Broadcom
WEDNESDAY: Mortgage applications, Sept. import/export prices, FHFA home price index, oil inventories, LinkedIn mobile strategy event; Earnings from Boeing, Caterpillar, GlaxoSmithKline, AT&T
THURSDAY: Jobless claims, PMI mfg index, new home sales*, natural gas inventories, Kansas city mfg index, Fed balance sheet/money supply; Earnings from Ford, 3M, Credit Suisse, Amazon.com, Microsoft, Western Digital, Zynga
FRIDAY: Durable goods orders*, consumer sentiment, iPhone 5s & 5c sold overseas, Twitter roadshow begins; Earnings from P&G, UPS

(*Report likely delayed due to government shutdown)

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