|By Nick Godt
NEW YORK (MarketWatch) -- U.S. stocks futures ticked higher early Friday, after the governmnent reported the economy lost 159,000 jobs in September, while the unemployment rate remained steady at 6.1%. Futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average were up 50 points, or 0.5%, at 10,607, while those for the S&P 500 gained 9.3 points, or 0.8%, to 1,1133. Nasdaq 100 futures rose 9.7 points, or 0.6%, to 1,519. While the number of lost jobs was more than the 110,000 jobs expected by economists surveyed by MarketWatch, some in the market feared even worse numbers. Deutsche Bank economists Thursday expected the economy to have lost 250,000 jobs.