Stocks set to advance at the open

U.S. stocks were set for a higher open Friday morning as sentiment on the economy turned slightly more positive again following jobs data. Increasing commodity priced also helped. But expect a volatile session as is usually the case on a quadruple witching day.

The smartphone sector will be in focus today after BlackBerry maker Research In Motion (RIMM) reported results that beat Wall Street estimates but gave a disappointing outlook, and as Apple Inc.'s (AAPL) new iPhone launches today.

More here: Before the bell: Stocks poised for higher start as sentiment turns positive again
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Markets

NASDAQ 6,623.66 -0.35 -0.01%
S&P 500 2,559.36 1.72 0.07%
DJIA 22,997.44 40.48 0.18%
NIKKEI 225 21,336.12 80.56 0.38%
HANG SENG 28,697.49 4.69 0.02%
DAX 12,995.06 -8.64 -0.07%
USD (per EUR) 1.18 0.00 -0.21%
USD (per CHF) 0.98 0.00 0.31%
JPY (per USD) 112.22 0.03 0.03%
GBP (per USD) 1.32 -0.01 -0.45%

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