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CNBC U.S. Market Brief By Peter Scacknow CNBC Senior Producer, Top News and Analysis November 4, 2013.

November off to positive start on Wall Street Peter Schacknow, Senior Producer, CNBC Breaking News Desk U.S. stocks are continuing their trend of getting months off to a positive start – with one month to go, the major averages have chalked up gains in all but two first trading days of the month this year. Stock index futures are pointing to continued gains at the open this morning. This morning's government economic reports include more "catch-up" reports following the end of October's government shutdown. At 10 a.m. ET, we'll get reports on factory orders for both August and September, with economists expecting to see a 0.4 percent gain for August and a 1.8 percent increase for September. Investors are already looking ahead to Friday morning, however, when the postponed October employment report will be released. The pace of earnings reports slows this week, though it will still be a busy one, with about 80 S&P 500 companies set to