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Wall Street Keeps Eye on Job Numbers Amid Recession Fears; Yellen's China Talks Intensify

Investors remain cautious ahead of the latest jobs report, as US-China relations and the rise of a new social media contender all play into the global economic narrative.

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Stock Market Indicators Remain Static Ahead of Jobs Report

US stock futures remained largely stable this Friday, as the market's attention turns to the upcoming monthly jobs report. Investors anticipate this crucial release for insights into the Federal Reserve's policy direction. At 06:50 ET (10:50 GMT), Dow Futures contracts showed little change, while S&P 500 Futures and Nasdaq 100 Futures traded 0.1% and 0.2% lower respectively. This subdued activity follows a sharp downturn on Thursday, triggered by an unexpected surge in employment data and its implications for the Federal Reserve's interest rate policy.

June Jobs Report Could Influence Fed's Interest Rate Decisions

A resilient labor market, indicated by the ADP's stronger-than-expected payroll data on Thursday, could drive the Federal Reserve to consider further rate hikes, after a brief pause in June. The forthcoming June jobs report is anticipated to reveal the addition of 225,000 jobs and a 0.3% rise in average hourly earnings for the month. A report exceeding expectations might encourage Federal policymakers to further increase interest rates, with potential knock-on effects for the broader economy.

US Treasury Secretary Seeks Healthy Competition in China Talks

In international economic news, US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen engaged in discussions with Chinese Premier Li Qiang during her three-day visit to the country. In prepared remarks, she emphasized the United States' intention to foster a healthy competitive relationship with China, rather than adopting a "winner-takes-all" stance.

In the corporate arena, attention is focused on the tech sector following Twitter's reported threat to bring legal action against Meta Platforms over its newly launched Threads app. Launched as a direct competitor to Twitter, Threads managed to garner over 30 million sign-ups in less than 24 hours, igniting a rivalry between the two social media giants.

US Oil Prices Climb Following Inventory Decline

Oil prices experienced a rise on Friday, heading for their second consecutive week of gains after a larger-than-expected fall in US oil inventories, signaling robust demand from the world's largest consumer of crude. The Brent contract traded 0.3% higher at $76.77 at 06:50 ET, with U.S. crude futures trading similarly higher at $72.03 a barrel, suggesting a 2% gain for the second consecutive week.