MARKET SNAPSHOT: U.S. Stock Futures Fall After Jobs Report Lays An Egg

April 3, 2015 1:12 PM

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NEW YORK (MarketWatch)--U.S. stock-index futures declined sharply Friday after the March jobs report--released during a holiday-shortened trading session--came in much weaker than expected.

The data showed nonfarm payrolls (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/us-jobs-growth-in-march-slumps-to-15-month-low- 2015-04-03)rose by just 126,000 in March, far below the consensus estimate of 243,000 produced by a MarketWatch survey of economists. In addition, payroll gains for February and January...

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