U.S. Stock-Index Futures Advance in Aftermath of Storm

U.S. stock-index futures rose as investors assessed the impact of Hurricane Sandy and prepared for the reopening of equity markets tomorrow.

Futures on the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index (SPX) expiring in December added 0.4 percent from Friday’s close to 1,413 as of 7:45 a.m. in London. Dow Jones Industrial Average futures gained 21 points, or 0.2 percent, to 13,075.

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission canceled equity trading for the past two days as the 900-mile wide storm caused flooding and blackouts. The New York Stock Exchange said it plans to open today.

The Labor Department is striving to issue its monthly report on employment in the U.S. on Nov. 2 as scheduled, a spokesman said today. The jobs report is the last before the presidential election, and may help sway voters trying to decide between giving President Barack Obama another four years in office or to change course with Republican challenger Mitt Romney.

Nonfarm payrolls increased by 125,000 workers in October and the jobless rate rose to 7.9 percent, the report will show, according to median forecasts of economists surveyed by Bloomberg.

The S&P/Case-Shiller Index of property values in 20 cities rose 2 percent in August from a year earlier, after a 1.2 percent advance in July, a report showed yesterday. The average estimate by economists in a Bloomberg survey had called for a 1.9 percent increase.

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Sandbags surround the New York Stock Exchange in preparation for Hurricane Sandy in New York.

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