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  • Let's get flexible in labor market: AXA France     Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 | 11:30 AM ET

    Jad Ariss, director-general for AXA Enterprises at AXA France, says France is in need of labor market reforms, as unemployment continues to tick higher.

  • *Poll forecasts first UK rate hike in Q1 2015, of 25 bps. LONDON, Aug 28- The Bank of England will be the first major central bank to lift interest rates when it makes a move early next year, jumping the gun on the U.S. "But the pace of activity is probably stronger in the UK than in the U.S. and we are seeing a faster decline in the unemployment rate in the UK."

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 8:34 a.m. EDT Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 | 8:34 AM ET

    Applications for US unemployment benefits dip to 298 K, remain near pre-recession lows From anti-finance crusader to pro-business: France's Hollande shifts stance as economy lags Abercrombie tops 2 Q net income expectations, misses revenue forecasts As fighting continues in Ukraine, global stock markets retreat while gold gets a boost Dollar General meets 2 Q net income expectations, misses revenue forecasts India launches initiative to open millions of zero-balance bank accounts for the poor Alibaba discloses revenue growth is picking up again as Chinese company prepares for big IPO 3 moves health insurers can still make to help steer sick patients away from their plans Spain's Telefonica raises offer to Vivendi for Brazilian operator GVT to $9.82 bln German unemployment rate up slightly to 6.7 percent with 2.90 million jobless

  • Good news! Jobless queue shortens, growth upgraded Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 | 8:30 AM ET
    A Ford worker performs a seat install on a 2014 Ford F-150 truck at the Ford Dearborn Truck Plant, in Dearborn, Michigan.

    U.S. jobless claims slid below the critical 300,000 level, and the economy grew at a quicker pace than estimated last quarter.

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 8:16 a.m. EDT Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 | 8:16 AM ET

    Applications for unemployment benefits likely rose last week, but still at low levels From anti-finance crusader to pro-business: France's Hollande shifts stance as economy lags Abercrombie tops 2 Q net income expectations, misses revenue forecasts As fighting continues in Ukraine, global stock markets retreat while gold gets a boost Dollar General meets 2 Q net income expectations, misses revenue forecasts India launches initiative to open millions of zero-balance bank accounts for the poor Alibaba discloses revenue growth is picking up again as Chinese company prepares for big IPO 3 moves health insurers can still make to help steer sick patients away from their plans Spain's Telefonica raises offer to Vivendi for Brazilian operator GVT to $9.82 bln German unemployment rate up slightly to 6.7 percent with 2.90 million jobless

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 8:14 a.m. EDT Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 | 8:14 AM ET

    Applications for unemployment benefits likely rose last week, but still at low levels From anti-finance crusader to pro-business: France's Hollande shifts stance as economy lags Abercrombie tops 2 Q net income expectations, misses revenue forecasts As fighting continues in Ukraine, global stock markets retreat while gold gets a boost Dollar General meets 2 Q net income expectations, misses revenue forecasts India launches initiative to open millions of zero-balance bank accounts for the poor Alibaba discloses revenue growth is picking up again as Chinese company prepares for big IPO 3 moves health insurers can still make to help steer sick patients away from their plans Spain's Telefonica raises offer to Vivendi for Brazilian operator GVT to $9.82 bln German unemployment rate up slightly to 6.7 percent with 2.90 million jobless

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 8:07 a.m. EDT Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 | 8:07 AM ET

    Applications for unemployment benefits likely rose last week, but still at low levels From anti-finance crusader to pro-business: France's Hollande shifts stance as economy lags Abercrombie tops 2 Q net income expectations, misses revenue forecasts Dollar General meets 2 Q net income expectations, misses revenue forecasts India launches initiative to open millions of zero-balance bank accounts for the poor Alibaba discloses revenue growth is picking up again as Chinese company prepares for big IPO Global stocks muted ahead of US growth revision, Qantas surges on separation 3 moves health insurers can still make to help steer sick patients away from their plans Spain's Telefonica raises offer to Vivendi for Brazilian operator GVT to $9.82 bln German unemployment rate up slightly to 6.7 percent with 2.90 million jobless

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 8 a.m. EDT Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 | 8:02 AM ET

    Applications for unemployment benefits likely rose last week, but still at low levels From anti-finance crusader to pro-business: France's Hollande shifts stance as economy lags Dollar General meets 2 Q net income expectations, misses revenue forecasts India launches initiative to open millions of zero-balance bank accounts for the poor Alibaba discloses revenue growth is picking up again as Chinese company prepares for big IPO Global stocks muted ahead of US growth revision, Qantas surges on separation 3 moves health insurers can still make to help steer sick patients away from their plans Spain's Telefonica raises offer to Vivendi for Brazilian operator GVT to $9.82 bln German unemployment rate up slightly to 6.7 percent with 2.90 million jobless Qantas Airways posts $2.6 billion loss for year reflecting fleet write downs and competition

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 6:39 a.m. EDT Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 | 6:39 AM ET

    Applications for unemployment benefits likely rose last week, but still at low levels From anti-finance crusader to pro-business: France's Hollande shifts stance as economy lags India launches initiative to open millions of zero-balance bank accounts for the poor Alibaba discloses revenue growth is picking up again as Chinese company prepares for big IPO Global stocks muted ahead of US growth revision, Qantas surges on separation 3 moves health insurers can still make to help steer sick patients away from their plans Spain's Telefonica raises offer to Vivendi for Brazilian operator GVT to $9.82 bln German unemployment rate up slightly to 6.7 percent with 2.90 million jobless Qantas Airways posts $2.6 billion loss for year reflecting fleet write downs and competition 10 things to know about corporate inversions

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 6:34 a.m. EDT Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 | 6:34 AM ET

    Applications for unemployment benefits likely rose last week, but still at low levels From anti-finance crusader to pro-business: France's Hollande shifts stance as economy lags India launches initiative to open millions of zero-balance bank accounts for the poor Alibaba discloses revenue growth is picking up again as Chinese company prepares for big IPO Global stocks muted ahead of US growth revision, Qantas surges on separation 3 moves health insurers can still make to help steer sick patients away from their plans Spain's Telefonica raises offer to Vivendi for Brazilian operator GVT to $9.82 bln German unemployment rate up slightly to 6.7 percent with 2.90 million jobless Qantas Airways posts $2.6 billion loss for year reflecting fleet write downs and competition 10 things to know about corporate inversions

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 6:28 a.m. EDT Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 | 6:28 AM ET

    Applications for unemployment benefits likely rose last week, but still at low levels India launches initiative to open millions of zero-balance bank accounts for the poor Alibaba discloses revenue growth is picking up again as Chinese company prepares for big IPO Global stocks muted ahead of US growth revision, Qantas surges on separation 3 moves health insurers can still make to help steer sick patients away from their plans Spain's Telefonica raises offer to Vivendi for Brazilian operator GVT to $9.82 bln German unemployment rate up slightly to 6.7 percent with 2.90 million jobless Qantas Airways posts $2.6 billion loss for year reflecting fleet write downs and competition 10 things to know about corporate inversions SEC requires sellers of loan-backed securities to give details on borrowers' risk

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 5:10 a.m. EDT Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 | 5:10 AM ET

    India launches initiative to open millions of zero-balance bank accounts for the poor Alibaba discloses revenue growth is picking up again as Chinese company prepares for big IPO Global stocks muted ahead of US growth revision, Qantas surges on separation 3 moves health insurers can still make to help steer sick patients away from their plans Spain's Telefonica raises offer to Vivendi for Brazilian operator GVT to $9.82 bln German unemployment rate up slightly to 6.7 percent with 2.90 million jobless Qantas Airways posts $2.6 billion loss for year reflecting fleet write downs and competition 10 things to know about corporate inversions SEC requires sellers of loan-backed securities to give details on borrowers' risk Dominican Republic lawmakers back park in area where Canadian company seeks to mine

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 5 a.m. EDT Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 | 5:02 AM ET

    India launches initiative to open millions of zero-balance bank accounts for the poor Alibaba discloses revenue growth is picking up again as Chinese company prepares for big IPO Global stocks muted ahead of US growth revision, Qantas surges on separation 3 moves health insurers can still make to help steer sick patients away from their plans Spain's Telefonica raises offer to Vivendi for Brazilian operator GVT to $9.82 bln German unemployment rate up slightly to 6.7 percent with 2.90 million jobless Qantas Airways posts $2.6 billion loss for year reflecting fleet write downs and competition 10 things to know about corporate inversions SEC requires sellers of loan-backed securities to give details on borrowers' risk Dominican Republic lawmakers back park in area where Canadian company seeks to mine

  • German unemployment ticks up slightly in August Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 | 4:51 AM ET

    BERLIN— Germany's Federal Labor Office says the country's jobless rate ticked up slightly to 6.7 percent in August as 30,000 more people joined the ranks of the unemployed. The office said Thursday there were 2.90 million people out of work in August overall, and as a result the unemployment rate inched 0.1 percentage point higher from July.

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 4:51 a.m. EDT Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 | 4:51 AM ET

    India launches initiative to open millions of zero-balance bank accounts for the poor Alibaba discloses revenue growth is picking up again as Chinese company prepares for big IPO Global stocks muted ahead of US growth revision, Qantas surges on separation 3 moves health insurers can still make to help steer sick patients away from their plans German unemployment rate up slightly to 6.7 percent with 2.90 million jobless Qantas Airways posts $2.6 billion loss for year reflecting fleet write downs and competition 10 things to know about corporate inversions SEC requires sellers of loan-backed securities to give details on borrowers' risk Dominican Republic lawmakers back park in area where Canadian company seeks to mine Philippine economy grows 6.4 percent in 2 Q, officials expect to hit 2014 target

  • US consumers get happier in Aug.: Conference Board Tuesday, 26 Aug 2014 | 10:00 AM ET
    Shoppers at Macy's flagship store in New York,  Aug. 16, 2014.

    U.S. consumers became more optimistic about the economy in August, according to the Conference Board.

  • US home prices slow down in June: S&P/Case-Shiller Tuesday, 26 Aug 2014 | 9:00 AM ET

    Home prices in leading U.S. metropolitan regions rose modestly last month, data from S&P/Case-Shiller showed on Tuesday.

  • US durables rocket to record high in July Tuesday, 26 Aug 2014 | 8:30 AM ET
    Workers assemble a Boeing 787 Dreamliner at the Boeing Everett Factory in Everett, Washington.

    Orders for big-ticket manufactured goods surged in July to a record high thanks to a jump in aircraft purchases, government data showed on Tuesday.

  • Rhode Island benefits from improving US economy Monday, 25 Aug 2014 | 11:31 AM ET

    PROVIDENCE, R.I.— The improving national economy is finally spurring job growth and pushing the unemployment rate down in Rhode Island, according to the state's top labor official. Now with a rate of 7.7 percent, Rhode Island moved out of last place and is tied with Michigan and Nevada, ahead of last place Mississippi and Georgia.

  • New US home sales slump to weakest since March Monday, 25 Aug 2014 | 10:00 AM ET
    A cabinet specialist adjusts pantry doors at the Toll Brothers Jupiter Country Club housing development in Jupiter, Florida, Aug. 20, 2014.

    New U.S. single-family homes fell for a second straight month to their lowest level since March.