(New York, NY) -- Stock futures are near even as investors hedge bets ahead of fourth-quarter earnings reports.
Ahead of the opening bell, the Dow was unchanged, the Nasdaq was up only two points, and the S&P 500 was down just a point and a half.
Recent numbers from the government show U.S. unemployment at its highest rate in 16 years in December.
Citigroup stock fell more than three percent in Europe on speculation about a possible deal to sell its controlling stake in Smith Barney to Morgan Stanley.
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