December 5, 2008 / 9:41 AM / 11 years ago

Mixed start seen for Wall Street, payrolls eyed

* U.S. index futures point to a mixed start on Wall Street on Friday, as investors await key non-farm payrolls data. Futures for the S&P 500 SPc1 and the Dow Jones industrial average DJc1 were up 0.3 and 0.4 percent, respectively, and those for the Nasdaq NDc1 were down 0.6 percent.

* Companies reporting earnings on Friday include Brown-Forman Corporation (BFb.N) and Big Lots (BIG.N).

* U.S. non-farm payrolls data for November is due at 1330 GMT. Economists in a Reuters survey forecast 340,000 jobs were lost in the month, compared with a loss of 240,000 jobs in October.

* Data on U.S. consumer credit for October is due at 2000 GMT. Economists in a Reuters survey forecast consumer credit to rise by $2 billion versus a $6.86 billion increase in September.

* Shares in General Motors (GM.N) GM.F and Ford Motor co (F.N) (F.F) were down 2.9 and 4.9 percent, respectively, in Frankfurt, as executives of the cash-starved auto industry pursued their quest for a government bailout.

* Oil CLc1 was steady around $44, near its lowest level in almost four years, with eyes turning to the psychologically important $40 level as a widening economic slowdown gnaws into oil demand.

* Chevron (CVX.N) (CVX.F), which was one of the top drags on the Dow on Thursday, tracking falling oil prices, was down 2.6 percent in Frankfurt by 0909 GMT.

* On Thursday, the Dow Jones industrial average .DJI shed 2.5 percent, the Standard & Poor's 500 Index .SPX fell 2.9 percent, while the Nasdaq Composite Index .IXIC was 3.1 percent lower. (Reporting by Sarah Marsh, editing by Will Waterman)

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