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Futures are moderately higher ahead of the jobs report thanks to solid earnings overnight.

Earnings overnight were good, highlighted by AAPL and SQ, which both rallied after hours and are helping lift futures.

Economic data underwhelmed as both the Chinese Composite PMI and German Manufacturers’ Orders missed expectations, but the numbers aren’t moving markets.

Today focus will be on the jobs report and expectations are as follows:  178K Job Adds, 3.6% Unemployment Rate and 0.3% m/m,4.2% y/y wages.  As we cover in the Report, risks to this jobs number are two sided, as a “Too Hot” number could reverse the Fed pause expectations, while a “Too Cold” number will spike hard landing fears.  So, the market needs a number at or modestly below the expectation, and if it gets that “Just Right” number, stocks can rally today.

We also get two Fed speakers today, Cook (1:00 p.m. ET) and Bullard (1:00 p.m. ET), but neither should move markets.