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FILE - In a June 7, 2012, file photo, Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke testifies before the Joint Economic Committee about the nation's economy on Capitol Hill in Washington. In May 2013, Bernanke said that the central bank was prepared to cut back its bond-buying program if the economy looked strong enough. Wall Street has been awash with speculation over the Fed's timing ever since. In every big market move this summer, traders and investors thought they saw Bernanke's influence. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
FILE - In a June 7, 2012, file photo, Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke testifies before the Joint Economic Committee about the nation's economy on Capitol Hill in Washington. In May 2013, Bernanke said that the central bank was prepared to cut back its bond-buying program if the economy looked strong enough. Wall Street has been awash with speculation over the Fed's timing ever since. In every big market move this summer, traders and investors thought they saw Bernanke's influence. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
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(AP) Stock futures are barely moving as markets await a trove of data on jobs, retail sales and the industrial and services sectors of the economy.


The numbers that roll out Thursday and Friday may determine if or how much the U.S. Federal Reserve pulls back on the asset purchases that have kept international markets flush with cash.


Dow Jones industrial futures are down 5 points to 14,919. S&P futures have lost less than a point to reach 1,653.20 Nasdaq futures are up 2.25 points to 3,130.50.


The payroll company ADP and the Labor Department release employment figures before the opening bell. Those are followed by reports on factory orders, productivity and the service sector, which employs 90 percent of the U.S. workforce.


On Friday, the U.S. releases its jobs report for August.


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