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CNBC FinanceApr 03, 2020
Stock market live updates: Dow futures down 130, worst jobs report in a decade, oil surging again
U.S. stock futures traded lower ahead of the release of the latest monthly jobs report.

MarketWatch MarketPulseApr 03, 2020
European stocks open lower as global coronavirus cases top one million
European stocks slipped and U.S. equity futures pointed to a weaker session on Friday, as investors braced for more bad news on the American job front and coronavirus cases worldwide topped one million. The Stoxx Europe 600 index dropped 0.4%, alongside a similar loss for the German DAX 30 index , while the FTSE 100 index fell 0.7%. After a positive session for Wall Street on Thursday, Dow Jones Industrial Averages futures fell 181 points, or 0.9%, to 21,077. S&P 500 and Nasdaq-100 futures eased around 0.8%. Oil prices pared back some of Thursday's gains that saw West Texas Intermediate crude jump nearly 25% and Brent crude climb 21%. Those contracts were off 1.7% and 0.3% respectively. Oil's rally was sparked by a tweet from President Donald Trump who predicted Saudi Arabia and Russia would agree to significantly cut oil production. Investors are waiting for March nonfarm payrolls data from the U.S., after data Thursday showed a record 6.6 million Americans filed for unemployment claims due to shutdowns from the coronavirus outbreak.

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MarketWatch MarketPulseApr 03, 2020
Dow futures pare loss but hang lower after Friday jobs report for March shows a stunning 701,000 losses
U.S. stock-index futures on Friday were trading lower, briefly adding to losses on the session, after a report on the state of jobs for the month came in much worse than expected, already revealing early impacts of business closures due to the coronavirus outbreak. Futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average were off 72 points, or 0.3%, at 21,192, those for the S&P 500 index were down 0.3% at 2,508, while Nasdaq-100 futures were falling 0.4% lower at 7,599. indicating a lower start for the Nasdaq Composite Index . The grim report shows that unemployment jumped to 4.4% from 3.5% in February and comes after a report on jobless claims on Thursday hit a record 6.6 million for the week. Economists polled by MarketWatch had expected losses of 83,000 for March. The reported decline in employment was the biggest in 11 years and one of the largest ever, but it's going to get dwarfed by the job losses in April. In reality, given the past jobless claims report, total unemployment is closer to 10 million, which would represent an unemployment rate of around 10%.

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Yahoo BusinessApr 03, 2020
U.S. Stock Futures Fall With Relief Rally Fading on Pandemic Fears
(Bloomberg) -- U.S. stock index futures fell, erasing part of Thursday's rally, as global coronavirus infections continued to increase.S&P 500 Index futures expiring in June slid 0.9% as of 9:30 a.m. in London, after gaining 2.8% on Thursday. Contracts dropped 0.9% on the Nasdaq 100 Index and fell 1.1% on the Dow Jones Industrial Average. Global coronavirus infections surpassed 1 million, a milestone reached just four months after the first cases surfaced in China.In Europe, the Stoxx 600 Index was down 0.5%, weighed down by insurers and telecom shares. The euro-area economy is in a slump of unprecedented scale, with IHS Markit saying Friday its monthly measure of services and manufacturing points to an annualized economic contraction of about 10%."Sentiment in the market is still very fearful," said Dan Russo, chief market strategist at Chaikin Analytics. "The longer it takes to flatten the curve, the more prolonged the negative economic impact is likely to be, the longer it takes for businesses to get up and running again. Our base case remains that we are likely to retest the lows from last Monday."The underlying S&P 500 advanced 2.3% on Thursday, climbing for the first time in three days, with Chevron Corp and Exxon Mobil Corp. among the top gainers, after President Donald Trump said Russia and Saudi Arabia would cut production. Oil prices slid back below $25 a barrel after a record surge as doubts crept in about the deal.Consumer discretionary stocks weighed on the benchmark after jobl

CNBC BusinessApr 03, 2020
Demand for wills surges as coronavirus has 'focused people's minds' — here's where to start
The escalating coronavirus outbreak has cast a shadow of uncertainty over most aspects of daily life, prompting a surge in demand for wills and life insurance policies as people look to secure their futures.
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