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TSX Set for Sharp Losses After Poor U.S. Jobs Data, Oil Slip

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Canada's benchmark index may open significantly lower on the last trading day of the week, following disappointing jobs news out of the U.S. and falling oil prices .

Stock futures for the December quarter on the S&P TSX index were down by as much as 1.38% recently.

Reports said U.S. non-farm payrolls for September rose 142,000 but not as strong as the 203,000 additional jobs expected by economists. Investors believe this slims down the chance of the data-dependent Fed increasing key rates this year. The unemployment rate was at 5.1%.

Meanwhile, oil prices were a little lower on Friday, with Brent crude slipping 0.06% to US$47.66/barrel. But keeping losses in check is the optimism that the ongoing crisis in Syria, where fellow oil producer Russia launched a bombing campaign, will curb global supply.

The TSX shed 65 points at closing on Thursday, with energy and mining stocks as the biggest decliners.

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