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  • NEW YORK, Oct 5- The U.S. unemployment rate dropped to a near four-year low of 7.8 percent in September, a potential boost to President Barack Obama's re-election bid. STORY: TABLE GRAPHIC: COMMENTS: JOHN KILDUFF, PARTNER, AGAIN CAPITAL LLC, NEW YORK. RON FLORANCE, MANAGING DIRECTOR OF INVESTMENT STRATEGY FOR WELLS FARGO PRIVATE BANK BASED IN SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 5- The U.S. unemployment rate dropped to a near four-year low of 7.8 percent in September, a potential boost to President Barack Obama's re-election bid. RON FLORANCE, MANAGING DIRECTOR OF INVESTMENT STRATEGY FOR WELLS FARGO PRIVATE BANK BASED IN SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA. "It's a little confusing, to be honest with you.

  • UPDATE 5-Oil holds above $112 after U.S. jobs data Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 8:49 AM ET

    *Turkey- Syria violence stokes supply concern. LONDON, Oct 5- Oil steadied above $112 per barrel on Friday after figures showed fewer people out of work in the United States, the world's biggest oil consumer. Brent futures was up a cent at $112.59 by 1242 GMT, having fallen over $1 a barrel in earlier trade to $111.48.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 5- The U.S. unemployment rate dropped to a near four-year low of 7.8 percent in September, a potential boost to President Barack Obama's re-election bid. OMER ESINER, CHIEF MARKET ANALYST, COMMONWEALTH FOREIGN EXCHANGE. "The headline of the day is clearly the drop in the unemployment rate, which was a big surprise.

  • TREASURIES-Prices slide after U.S. employment data Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 8:47 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Oct 5- U.S. Treasuries prices fell on Friday after the government reported the U.S. unemployment rate fell more than expected in September. The U.S. Labor Department said 114,000 jobs were added to nonfarm payrolls in September, almost matching the Reuters consensus estimate of 113,000..

  • **ZYNGA INC, Thursday close $2.81, down 22.4 pct premarket. Brokerages lowered their price targets on Zynga's stock by up to $3 per share after the social-games maker slashed its 2012 outlook for the second time due to a decline in paying customers. Facebook, which derives over a tenth of its revenue from fees paid by Zynga, was also set to open lower as was Groupon.

  • US stock futures rise as jobs report shows gains Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 8:45 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- U.S. stock futures are rising after a government report showed the U.S. unemployment rate fell below 8 percent for the first time in four years and the economy gained 114,000 jobs in September. The Labor Department said the unemployment rate declined to 7.8 percent, matching its level in January 2009 when President Barack Obama took office.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 5- Brent and U.S. crude futures pared losses on Friday, with Brent turning higher, in choppy trading after a report on September U.S. nonfarm payrolls showed more jobs added than expected. Brent crude was unchanged at $112.58 a barrel by 8:38 a.m. EDT, having traded from $111.48 to $113.05.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 5- The U.S. unemployment rate dropped to a near four-year low of 7.8 percent in September, a potential boost to President Barack Obama's re-election bid. LANE NEWMAN, DIRECTOR OF FOREIGN EXCHANGE TRADING, ING CAPITAL MARKETS, NEW YORK. PETER JANKOVSKIS, CO-CHIEF INVESTMENT OFFICER, OAKBROOK INVESTMENTS, LISLE, ILLINOIS.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 5- The U.S. unemployment rate dropped to a near four-year low of 7.8 percent in September, a potential boost to President Barack Obama's re-election bid. PETER JANKOVSKIS, CO-CHIEF INVESTMENT OFFICER, OAKBROOK INVESTMENTS, LISLE, ILLINOIS.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 5- The U.S. unemployment rate dropped to a near four-year low of 7.8 percent in September, a potential boost to President Barack Obama's re-election bid. It is good for risk but not good for the dollar and it will favor other North American currencies, such as Canada and Mexico. SEAN INCREMONA, ECONOMIST, 4 CAST LTD, NEW YORK:.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 5- U.S. stocks were set to rise on Friday after a report showed the U.S. economy added more jobs than expected last month and the unemployment rate dropped to a near four-year low in another indication that the labor market continues to recover.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 5- The U.S. unemployment rate dropped to a near four-year low of 7.8 percent in September, a potential boost to President Barack Obama's re-election bid. STORY: TABLE GRAPHIC: COMMENTS: SEAN INCREMONA, ECONOMIST, 4 CAST LTD, NEW YORK:. ROBBERT VAN BATENBURG, HEAD OF GLOBAL RESEARCH, LOUIS CAPITAL MARKETS, NEW YORK.

  • Oct 5- Avon Products Inc said on Friday that Executive Chairman Andrea Jung, who was replaced as chief executive officer in April, will step down from the board at the end of 2012..

  • NEW YORK, Oct 5- The U.S. unemployment rate dropped to a near four-year low of 7.8 percent in September, a potential boost to President Barack Obama's re-election bid. ROBBERT VAN BATENBURG, HEAD OF GLOBAL RESEARCH, LOUIS CAPITAL MARKETS, NEW YORK. DAVID MANN, SENIOR CURRENCY STRATEGIST, STANDARD CHARTERED, NEW YORK.

  • WRAPUP 2-US jobless rate tumbles to near 4-year low Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 8:31 AM ET

    *Report is second last before Nov. 6 elections. WASHINGTON, Oct 5- The U.S. unemployment rate dropped to a near four-year low of 7.8 percent in September, a potential boost to President Barack Obama's re-election bid.

  • Oct 5- U.S. Labor Department seasonally adjusted jobs data. In 1,000 s, Change Sept Aug July in Nonfarm Payrolls 114 142 96 181 141 Jobless Rate 7.8 8.1 8.1 8.3 8.3. Earnings, Hours of All Private, Non-Farm workers:.

  • US jobless rate falls to 7.8 pct., 44-month low Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 8:30 AM ET

    WASHINGTON-- The U.S. unemployment rate fell to 7.8 percent last month, dropping below 8 percent for the first time in nearly four years and giving President Barack Obama a potential boost with the election a month away. The Labor Department said employers added 114,000 jobs in September.

  • Wet Seal chairman, 3 board members step down Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 8:29 AM ET

    FOOTHILL RANCH, Calif.-- In a win for The Clinton Group, the chairman of Wet Seal and three other directors have stepped down from its board, replaced by four nominees of the activist investor group unhappy with the struggling teen retailer's performance. Wet Seal Inc., based in Foothill Ranch, Calif., and The Clinton Group have been in a proxy fight.

  • Oct 5- The brokerage unit and a European unit of the former Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc said Friday they have agreed in principle to resolve litigation over $38 billion of claims, a step toward allowing customers and creditors some of their money. Lehman Brothers Inc and Lehman Brothers International announced the agreement in a joint statement.