NEW YORK (AP) - Big jobs numbers, a revival in manufacturing activity and a Federal Reserve seemingly committed to keeping interest rates low are driving U.S. stock futures higher after the S&P surpassed 1,700 for the first time this week.

NEW YORK (AP) Big jobs numbers, a revival in manufacturing activity and a Federal Reserve seemingly committed to keeping interest rates low are driving U.S. stock futures higher after the S&P surpassed 1,700 for the first time this week.

Surprisingly strong weekly jobs numbers this week have also raised expectation for the July employment report, which will be released by the Labor Department at 8:30 a.m. Eastern.

Dow Jones industrial futures are up 20 points to 15,570. S&P futures have added 2.1 points to reach 1,702.30. Nasdaq futures are up 7.5 points to 3,120.25.

Also on Friday, economists are expecting the Commerce Department to report that consumer spending rose in June and factory orders surged.

Consumer spending drives about 70 percent of U.S. economic activity, so economists will be watching that number closely.