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  • NEW YORK, March 6- U.S. stocks dropped more than 1 percent on Friday after a strong monthly jobs report as investors bet that the Federal Reserve could raise interest rates sooner than previously expected.

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

  • CNBC's Mandy Drury looks ahead to what are likely to be next week's top business and financial stories. Apple introduces its watch on Monday. Also, a slew of economic data will be released, including trade figures, retail sales and consumer sentiment.

  • NEW YORK/ LONDON, March 6- Gold fell nearly 3 percent to a three-month low on Friday after stronger-than-expected U.S. non-farm payrolls fueled expectations the Federal Reserve will raise rates sooner rather than later, and the dollar jumped to an 11-1/ 2 year high. Spot gold was down 2.6 percent at $1,167.40 by 2:38 p.m. EST, on track for its biggest daily drop...

  • NEW YORK, March 6- America's tumbling unemployment rate and better-than-expected job gains in February should give Federal Reserve officials confidence to pave the way this month, though not commit, to an interest rate hike in June. Given today's employment report, right now, June would strike me as the leading candidate for lift off, " Richmond Federal Reserve...

  • NEW YORK, March 6- U.S. stocks retreated on Friday, with the S&P 500 index poised for its second straight weekly drop, after a strong monthly jobs report fueled expectations for an interest rate hike by the Federal Reserve this year. "There's speculation we're going to see an increase in rates earlier than anticipated," Jim Herrick, director of equity trading at R.W.

  • Men, why you should pay for dinner—forever Friday, 6 Mar 2015 | 2:19 PM ET

    A new ILO report finds the gender pay gap may not close for more than 70 years at the current rate.

  • NEW YORK, March 6- The U.S. oil and gas sector bled away more jobs last month as sustained low oil prices forced energy producers to reduce spending, suggesting that further pain may be ahead for the struggling industry. The number of oil rigs active in the United States has fallen 40 percent since October. The mining sector of the workforce, which includes oil and gas...

  • 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, hammering U.S. stock and bond prices 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, chief...

  • WASHINGTON— U.S. teenagers got back to work in February. But 86,000 more teenagers found work last month, and their unemployment rate slipped to 17.1 percent from 18.8 percent in January, the Labor Department said Friday. Employers added 295,000 jobs in February, and the unemployment rate dipped to 5.5 percent, the lowest level since May 2008.

  • Smart businesses put women at the top Friday, 6 Mar 2015 | 12:45 PM ET
    Indra Nooyi, CEO of PepsiCo

    Putting women in top management positions isn't just the right thing to do, it's smart business, says this executive.

  • AUSTIN, Texas— The unemployment rate in Texas fell to 4.4 percent in January, marking the fifth straight month of declines, the Texas Workforce Commission said Friday. "This latest labor market data indicates that our state is approaching the 12 million jobs milestone, with 11,769,600 jobs now in Texas," said Hope Andrade, a commission member who represents...

  • SACRAMENTO, Calif.— California enjoyed its largest monthly job gain in over a year with the addition of 67,300 new positions in January, driving the unemployment rate down to 6.9 percent, a state agency said Friday. "Both nationally and in California, a number of the same positive trends are present: strong and steady job growth spread among a range of sectors," said...

  • 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...

  • Restaurants and bars drove US job growth in February Friday, 6 Mar 2015 | 11:45 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— It's been an extended happy hour at U.S. bars and restaurants, which led hiring gains last month. U.S. dining establishments added 58,700 jobs in February, the Labor Department said Friday. It was a sign that solid job growth— more than 3 million positions added over the past 12 months— is causing more consumers to splurge on lunches, lattes and dinners.

  • *Fighting in Iraq, oil wells closure in Libya support prices. *Coming Up: Baker Hughes oil rig data at 1:00 p.m EST. NEW YORK, March 6- Oil fell on Friday as the dollar surged on bets of a near-term rate hike from strong U.S. jobs growth, offsetting an early run up in crude prices on worries about Libyan and Iraq supplies.

  • 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,...

  • *Alcoa reviews 500,000 tonnes of smelting capacity. *China nickel premiums jump as country shuts old NPI plants. LONDON, March 6- Copper prices hit their lowest in more than a week and headed for a weekly loss on Friday as the dollar rallied after a strong U.S. jobs report, with investors also worried about lacklustre demand in China.

  • FOREX-Dollar jumps after strong U.S. jobs report Friday, 6 Mar 2015 | 10:33 AM ET

    NEW YORK, March 6- The dollar jumped on Friday to an 11-1/ 2 year high against a basket of currencies as news of robust U.S. employment growth bolstered market sentiment that the Federal Reserve was closer to raising interest rates. Before a U.S. employment report on Friday, the dollar had already hit an 11-1/ 2 year high against the euro as interest rate differentials...

  • NEW YORK— A strong jobs report shook up the financial markets on Friday. U.S. employers added 295,000 jobs last month, the government said. "We're moving to another chapter here," said Jim Russell, a portfolio manager at Bahl and Gaynor, a wealth manager.