Dow to Fall Hard Again, as Wild Trading Week Continues

U.S. stock index futures fell on Friday as investors digested the latest government data on U.S. employment.

Futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average plummeted 101 points, or 0.4% to 24,806

Futures for the S&P 500 fell 11 points, or 0.4%, to 2,680,

Futures for the NASDAQ slid 26.5 points, or 0.4%, to 6,798

Vail Resorts is among a handful of companies declaring earnings today.

Figures released by the U.S. Labor Department Friday revealed that non-farm payrolls increased by 155,000 for the month while the unemployment rate again held at 3.7%, its lowest since 1969.

Economists polled by Dow Jones had forecast the U.S. economy to have added 198,000 jobs in November. The monthly jobs report is often considered to be the most important economic data set of the month. Investors will watch the data closely upon release, looking for clues about the Federal Reserve’s monetary policy moves.

Overseas, in Japan, the Nikkei 225 gained 0.8% Friday, while in Hong Kong, the Hang Seng index skidded 0.4%

Oil prices tacked on 76 cents to $52.25 U.S. a barrel.

Gold prices gained $2.30 to $1,245.90 U.S. an ounce.