NEW YORK (AP) — U.S stock futures are mixed in very light trading, with many investors waiting for the Fed's policy statement next week.

Jobs and deficit numbers are due Thursday.

Dow Jones industrial futures are down 9 points to 15,321. S&P futures have lost 1.4 points to 1,687.40. Nasdaq futures are up 1.25 points to 3,179.75.

Economists expect that the Labor Department will report an increase last week in the number of people seeking unemployment benefits, though figures remain near five-year lows.

The Treasury is expected to report that the U.S. deficit shrank noticeably last month.

Yet with less than a week before the central bank releases its monthly statement and projections, most of the talk on Wall Street is about what direction the Federal Reserve will take.

 

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