U.S. stock-index futures turned higher, reversing course on losses that came in the immediate aftermath of the January jobs report, with fewer Americans finding work last month than estimated, but the unemployment rate fell.
"Mitigating some of these negatives is the unemployment rate ticked a bit lower and the labor participation rate ticked up. Both of those are good things," said Chris Gaffney, senior market strategist at EverBank.
The government reported the creation of 113,000 jobs in January versus expectations of 185,000. The jobless rate fell to 6.6 percent versus an expectation of 6.7 percent.