This is what you need to know before the bell:
1. European stocks slip as the surging single currency keeps gains in check.
2. Shares of the multinational media conglomerate Viacom (VIAB) were climbing over 3% in after-hours trading on Thursday following stronger-than-expected third quarter earnings results.
4. Investors await a key employment report from the United States.
5. Early indications from U.S. futures prices point to a flat open on Wall Street, although much will depend on the reading of the July employment report at 08:30 am eastern, when analysts are expecting to read that the economy added 183,000 new jobs last month, taking the headline unemployment rate down to 4.3%.
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