Sharp rise in US jobs lifts shares, dollar

LONDON - The dollar strengthened and Wall Street stock futures rose after a better-than-expected rise in US employment provided reassurance on the health of the world's biggest economy ahead of next week's presidential election.
The non-farm payrolls data showed employers added 171,000 jobs in October versus forecasts of 125,000, while the jobless rate was in line with expectations at 7.9 percent.The dollar, having already hit a seven-week high in the run up to the data, rose to 80.58 yen and also climbed against the euro, with the euro buying $1.2857.
US stock futures jumped, having pointed to a broadly flat open on Wall Street before the release.
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