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U.S. stock futures in holding pattern ahead of key jobs report

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All eyes are on the jobs report on Friday

U.S. stock futures inched higher on Friday, with traders erring on the side of caution ahead of the top-tier July jobs report that could help steer expectations for the next Federal Reserve policy move. Futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average YMU7, +0.16%  gained 24 points, or 0.1%, to 21,998, signaling another gain for the blue-chip gauge at the open. The Dow logged an all-time closing high of 22,026.10 on Thursday, meaning the index has notched 33 record closes in 2017.