U.S. stock index futures pointed to a higher open on Friday as traders digested a key employment report that missed expectations.
The U.S. economy added 156,000 jobs last month, the Labor Department said. U.S. nonfarm payrolls was expected to show that 176,000 jobs were added in September, compared with the 151,000 increase in jobs a month earlier.
U.S. futures traded slightly lower ahead of the report's release.
The jobs report is a key indicator on labor market conditions, which is part of the Federal Reserve's so-called "dual-mandate" in determining monetary policy.
Friday will also see several Fed policymakers speak. They include Cleveland Fed President Loretta Mester, who is due on CNBC's "Squawk Box" soon after the jobs report is released and is also scheduled to give separate remarks about Fed communications at 12:45 p.m. ET.
Fed Vice Chair Stanley Fischer will speak at 10:30 a.m. ET on the economy and financial regulation, while Kansas City Fed President Esther George is due to talk about the U.S. economic outlook at 3:00 p.m. ET.