US futures dip modestly

New York - US stock index futures fell slightly on Wednesday as traders awaited key data on the labour market and services sector.

The US bourse is set to open higher as European leaders get ready to meet. Credit: REUTERS

Economists surveyed by Reuters expect 180,000 jobs were created last month, down from 238,000 in December.

Economists expect a slight acceleration in the pace of growth to a reading of 53.7 from 53 in December.

A recent rout in emerging currencies spurred some central banks to act, pressuring bond and stock holdings and luring investors into assets perceived as relatively safe, like the yen, and US and German government debt.

Dow Jones industrial average futures fell 7 points and Nasdaq 100 futures lost 3 points.

Its shares fell 1.7 percent in light premarket trading. - Reuters