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Before the bell: Stock futures rise, loonie jumps, after jobs data

North American stock futures are gaining strength this morning as the U.S. released mildly weaker-than-expected jobs figures for August. The data is an important indicator of when the Federal Reserve is likely to start the tapering of its massive monthly bond-buying program, and the reading suggested little urgency to start the process. Gold immediately rallied on the jobs figure on bets the Fed will delay tapering and is up more than 1 per cent.