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US stock futures hold steady after strong jobs report

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.
Brendan McDermid | Reuters

U.S. stock index futures pointed to a mixed open on Friday as traders digested the release of a stronger-than-expected jobs report.

The U.S. economy added 211,000 jobs last month.Economists polled by Reuters expect the U.S. economy to have added 185,000 jobs last month versus 98,000 in March.

Average hourly earnings rose 0.3 percent and the unemployment rate fell to 4.4 percent.

In oil markets, Brent crude traded at around $48.17 a barrel on Friday, down 0.43 percent, while U.S. crude was around $45.22 a barrel, down 0.66 percent.

Oil prices struck a new 2017 low on Thursday as mixed U.S. stockpile data compounded bearishness that has permeated the energy complex in recent weeks.

U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude fell below $46 and international benchmark Brent breached $49, both sinking to the lowest level since Nov. 30, the day the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries agreed to cut output.

In Europe, the pan-European Stoxx 600 Index was around 0.1 percent lower on Friday morning.

On Sunday, French voters will head to the polls for the second round of their presidential election, with the independent centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron facing off against the far-right Marine Le Pen.

In Asia, the Shanghai Composite closed 0.77 percent lower.

—CNBC's Tom DiChristopher contributed to this report.