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  • *Feb U.S. payrolls growth tops expectations. NEW YORK, March 6- U.S. stocks retreated on Friday, with the S&P 500 index poised for its second straight weekly drop, as a strong monthly jobs report fueled expectations for an interest rate hike by the Federal Reserve this year, possibly sooner than anticipated. But relatively light volume on Friday suggested a...

  • NEW YORK— The prospect of higher interest rates is sending U.S. stock and bond prices lower in midday trading. Yields on long-term U.S. government bonds rose sharply Friday after the Labor Department reported a surge in hiring last month. Stocks also fell, sending the Dow Jones industrial average down 200 points, or 1.1 percent, to 17,935 as of 11:45 a.m. Eastern...

  • NEW YORK, March 6- A robust U.S. jobs report raised concern in markets that the Federal Reserve may raise interest rates sooner than previously thought, knocking U.S. stock and bond prices lower on Friday. "Any sign of undue strength will raise the specter of rates climbing sooner than expected, and we were already expecting rates to rise this year," said Bruce McCain,...

  • Grain lower, livestock mixed Friday, 6 Mar 2015 | 10:51 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were lower Friday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for May delivery unchanged at $4.8050 a bushel; May corn was 4.25 cents lower at $3.8625 a bushel; May oats were unchanged at $2.8650 a bushel; while May soybeans lost at 4.50 cents to $9.81 a bushel. April live cattle was. 33 cent higher at $1.5360 a pound; May feeder cattle was....

  • NEW YORK— Stocks dropped sharply on Friday as another strong U.S. jobs survey raised the likelihood that the Federal Reserve would start to raise interest rates later this year. MORE JOBS: U.S. employers extended a healthy streak of hiring in February by adding 295,000 jobs, the 12th straight monthly gain above 200,000. The Labor Department said Friday that the...

  • *Apple to replace AT&T in Dow Industrials. NEW YORK, March 6- U.S. stocks fell on Friday, with the S&P 500 on track for a second week of declines, as a strong monthly jobs report heightened expectations the U.S. So this much stronger-than-expected number could push that date up, "said Tracie McMillion, head of asset allocation at Wells Fargo Investment Institute in...

  • Hiring burst sends bond prices lower, dollar higher Friday, 6 Mar 2015 | 9:41 AM ET

    NEW YORK— News of a burst of hiring last month sent bond prices lower and the dollar higher in early trading in the U.S., while the stock market opened lower. The Dow Jones industrial average was down 107 points, or 0.6 percent, to 18,024 as of 9:35 a.m. Eastern time. Bond prices fell, sending yields higher, after the Labor Department reported that U.S. employers...

  • *Wall Street futures down, S&P 500 faces second week of losses. LONDON, March 6- The dollar rose to an 11- year high against the world's major currencies and U.S. bond yields jumped on Friday, as U.S. jobs figures reinforced expectations the Federal Reserve will push ahead with its first rate hike in almost a decade. "Everyone was pretty soundly surprised by this," said...

  • Shares of Orexigen Therapeutics sank in premarket trading Friday, giving back some of the gain they netted this week after the company announced encouraging early data from a study of its weight-loss drug Contrave. That announcement, which came in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing, drew a rebuke from the Food and Drug Administration.

  • European shares at 7-year highs ahead of U.S. jobs Friday, 6 Mar 2015 | 7:03 AM ET

    *Thomas Cook up 19 pct after China's Fosun buys stake. PARIS, March 6- European shares rose on Friday, extending a rally which has propelled regional indexes to seven-year highs, with Thomas Cook jumping after a Chinese investor bought a stake in the travel group. China's Fosun International, which recently took over France's Club Mediterranee, acquired a 5...

  • Analysts had expected those sales to grow 1.4 percent, according to Thomson Reuters. Shares of Gap Inc. slid 83 cents, or 2 percent, to $40.60 in extended trading. The San Francisco- based company said revenue from Old Navy stores open at least a year was unchanged compared to 2014. Sales at Gap stores slipped 7 percent and Banana Republic revenue declined 5 percent.

  • AbbVie and Costco are big market movers Thursday, 5 Mar 2015 | 4:35 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Thursday on the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq Stock Market:. AbbVie Inc., down $3.41 to $56.86. Joy Global Inc., down $2.19 to $39.94.

  • Will they rise? Rate worries weigh on dividend stocks Thursday, 5 Mar 2015 | 3:49 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Dividend investing used to be so easy, not to mention lucrative. But it may be set to get a lot different. Companies in the Standard& Poor's 500 index paid a record $45 billion in dividends last month, according to S&P Dow Jones Indices, and full-year payments look set for a fifth straight gain of at least 10 percent.

  • US STOCKS-Wall St up slightly ahead of jobs report Thursday, 5 Mar 2015 | 3:15 PM ET

    *AbbVie to buy Pharmacyclics for about $21 bln. NEW YORK, March 5- U.S. stocks were modestly higher on Thursday after two days of declines as investors held back on big bets ahead of Friday's jobs report, which is expected to be a big factor in influencing the timing of a Federal Reserve interest rate hike. "People are taking a wait-and-see approach ahead of the jobs...

  • Golar LNG jumps on potential deal with Rosneft Thursday, 5 Mar 2015 | 2:11 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of Golar LNG, a company that liquefies and ships natural gas, jumped Thursday after the company announced a possible deal with Russian state-controlled oil company Rosneft. Shares of Golar LNG Ltd. rose $3.60, or 12.2 percent, to $33.11 Thursday afternoon. The stock has lost more than half its value since mid-September, when it traded as high as...

  • Most active Nasdaq-traded stocks Thursday, 5 Mar 2015 | 1:29 PM ET

    Apple Inc. fell 1.7 percent to $126.41 with 55,647,600 shares traded. Cisco Systems Inc. fell. 1 percent to $29.30 with 17,711,500 shares traded. Facebook Inc. rose. 4 percent to $81.21 with 27,292,000 shares traded.

  • Most active New York Stock Exchange-traded stocks Thursday, 5 Mar 2015 | 1:29 PM ET

    NEW YORK— A look at New York Stock Exchange 10 most-active stocks at 1 p.m.:. AbbVie fell 4.6 percent to $57.48 with 25,869,000 shares traded. Abercrombie& Fitch Co. fell 4.0 percent to $19.46 with 9,758,000 shares traded.

  • Supermarket operator Kroger jumped 5 percent Thursday after reporting income that was ahead of what analysts were looking for. Costco rose 2 percent after its earnings beat estimates. European stocks rose after the European Central Bank upgraded its growth forecast and said its bond-buying stimulus program would start on Monday.

  • *Global stock gains capped by U.S. data, China outlook. *Lack of Iran nuclear deal keeps Brent oil near $61 a bbl. NEW YORK, March 5- The euro fell to an 11 1/ 2- year low against the dollar as U.S. and euro zone bond prices rose on Thursday, after the European Central Bank spelled out its 1 trillion-euro stimulus plan that begins next Monday.

  • Grain mixed, livestock mixed Thursday, 5 Mar 2015 | 10:53 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were mostly lower Thursday on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for May delivery were off 15.50 cents to $4.8050 a bushel; May corn rose 1 cent to 3.9050 a bushel; May oats were 1.75 cents higher at $2.8650 a bushel; while May soybeans declined 8.50 cents to $9.8550 a bushel. April live cattle was off. 78 cent to $1.5327 a pound; May feeder cattle...