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Stock futures are little changed as investors brace for May jobs report: Live updates

U.S. stock futures opened little changed on Thursday as investors geared up for Friday morning's nonfarm payrolls report.

Futures tied to the Dow Jones Industrial Average inched higher by 20 points, or 0.05%. Nasdaq 100 futures ticked up by less than 0.1%, while S&P 500 futures hovered near the flatline.

In regular trading, the Dow rose 78.84 points, or 0.20%. The S&P 500 edged lower by 0.02%, and the Nasdaq Composite lost 0.09%.

All three of the major averages are on pace for a winning week. The Dow has a 0.52% gain, while the S&P 500 is higher by 1.43% and the Nasdaq is on pace for a 2.62% advance.

Investors are looking forward to Friday's nonfarm payrolls report for May, due at 8:30 a.m. ET. They will be seeking signs of a weakening labor market, as evidence of a slowing economy may support interest rate cuts from the Federal Reserve. Economists polled by Dow Jones expect that 190,000 jobs were added, and they anticipate that wages grew 3.9% on a year-over-year basis.

A slowing economy is just one reason to remain bullish on the overall market this year, according to Ed Clissold, chief U.S. strategist for Ned Davis Research.

"There's not a lot of reasons to get off what has so far been a really good year," he said on CNBC's "Closing Bell" on Thursday. "The Q1 earnings season is wrapping up, with over 80% of companies beating estimates. [It] looks like Q2 is going to have an acceleration in earnings growth. We're looking at economic slowdown, no immediate recession. The excessive optimism we saw in March has been largely worked off."

"For the most part, it's a bull market until proven otherwise," he added.

The jobs report comes after the European Central Bank on Thursday cut rates for the first time since 2019, adding pressure