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(Reuters) – U.S. stock index futures sharply added to gains on Friday, as data showed U.S. employment growth accelerated from a 17-month low in March, which could further allay fears of a sharp slowdown in economic growth in the first quarter.

Futures were supported earlier on hopes that Beijing and Washington were making headway to resolve their trade dispute.

At 8:30 a.m. ET, were up 88 points, or 0.33%. were up 9.25 points, or 0.32% and were up 31 points, or 0.41%.

Moments before the data, e-minis were up 33 points, or 0.13%. e-minis were up 3.25 points, or 0.11% and e-minis were up 10.75 points, or 0.14%.

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