U.S. Stock Futures Are Little Changed Before Jobless Data

U.S. stock futures were little changed, after equities rose the most in more than a month, as investors awaited data on jobs and durable-goods orders to gauge the strength of the world’s biggest economy.

Futures on the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index expiring in December fell 0.1 percent to 1,989.1 at 8:25 a.m. in London, paring earlier losses of as much as 0.2 percent. Dow Jones Industrial Average contracts slipped 14 points, or 0.1 percent, to 17,125 today.

Reports may show that first-time applications for jobless benefits increased in the week through Sept. 20, while durable-goods orders slumped in August.

U.S. stocks rebounded yesterday, with the S&P 500 Index climbing 0.8 percent, as new-home sales surged and health-care shares erased the previous day’s losses.

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