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Poor jobs data likely to hit stocks

But strong outlook reports from Alcoa and other companies reporting earnings this week can prevent a slide

Economists say jobs growth of 200,000 a month is needed to absorb new jobseekers. But only 126,000 were added in March.


Stock futures pointed to a rout in US stocks this week after a shocker of a March jobs report. The only thing that could arrest the slide would be ebullient outlooks from Alcoa and other major companies as the earnings season gets underway later this week.

The US added a...

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