Stocks Gaining on Bullish Earnings, Benign Employment

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Stock futures are holding onto early gains following a weaker than expected jobs report in which September non-farm payrolls rose by a less than expected 148,000 versus the consensus estimate of a 185,000 gain. Although the jobless rate declined 0.1% to 7.2%, the overall employment situation will continue to keep the Fed sidelined in regard to their monthly asset-purchase program which has been providing ample liquidity to the financial markets.

Also contributing to the bullish environment for equities is the continued decline in Treasury yields where the 10-year yield is down another 6 basis points to 2.55%, and cheaper energy prices as the price of crude oil continues to trade below $100 per barrel.

Along with the employment situation, earnings will also hold center stage with upbeat third quarter results from Netflix ( NFLX ) and DuPont ( DD ) contributing to this morning's modest gains. Amid the flood of earnings expected throughout the day today is Amgen ( AMGN ), Broadcom ( BRCM ) and Juniper Networks ( JNPR ).

-Dow Jones Industrial up 0.31%

-S&P 500 futures up 0.24%

-Nasdaq 100 futures up 0.40%

SENTIMENT

Nikkei up 0.13%

Hang Seng down 0.52%

Shanghai Composite down 0.83%

FTSE-100 up 0.27%

DAX-30 up 0.08%

PRE-MARKET SECTOR WATCH

(+) Large cap tech: higher

(+) Chip stocks: mixed

(+) Software stocks: higher

(+) Hardware stocks: higher

(+) Internet stocks: higher

(+) Drug stocks: higher

(+) Financial stocks: higher

(+/-) Retail stocks: flat

(+) Industrial stocks: higher

(+) Airlines: higher

(+) Autos higher

UPSIDE MOVERS:

PTIE (+24.00%) Pain Therapeutics's partner Pfizer Inc. (PFE) said it will continue with clinical studies for Remoxy, a pain reliever for moderate-to-severe pain.

DAL (+3.20%) Reported Q3 adjusted net income of $1.2 billion, or $1.41 per diluted share, topping the consensus forecast for $1.36 on Capital IQ.

FRX (+2.69%) Reported earnings of $0.36 per share in Q2 2013, up from $0.15 per share in Q2 2013.

NFLX (+7.80%) Reports Q3 revenue of $1.10 bln, in line with the analyst consensus on Capital IQ. EPS was $0.52, vs. expectations of $0.49 per share.

DOWNSIDE MOVERS:

RSH (-4.26%) Q3 loss widened to $112 million, or $1.11 per diluted share, from a loss of $47 million, or $0.47 per share, in the year ago period, falling far short of analysts' estimates of a loss of $0.36 per share

LTBR (-10.32%) Priced a direct sale of 2.5 million units at $1.75 per unit.



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Referenced Stocks: AMGN , BRCM , DD , JNPR , NFLX

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