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  • NEW YORK— Stocks dropped 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...

  • *Average hourly earnings rise three cents. WASHINGTON, March 6- U.S. employment growth accelerated in February and the jobless rate fell to a more than 6-1/ 2 year low of 5.5 percent, signs that could encourage the Federal Reserve to consider hiking interest rates in June. We think it is on the path to make a rate change in June, "said Sam Bullard, a senior economist at...

  • Santelli: Treasury prices down on the year  Friday, 6 Mar 2015 | 9:47 AM ET

    CNBC's Rick Santelli discusses the latest action in the bond market, and the U.S. dollar.

  • *Former stock exchange boss seen playing new role. ANKARA/ ISTANBUL, March 6- President Tayyip Erdogan blamed an "interest rate lobby" of speculators for the Turkish lira's slide and said he would discuss its decline with the country's embattled central bank and the government's economy czar. The lira briefly recovered from record lows following his comments,...

  • NEW YORK, March 6- U.S. stocks opened lower 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. Federal Reserve could raise interest rates sooner than anticipated. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 80.27 points, or 0.44 percent, to 18,055.45, the S&P 500 lost 6.25 points, or 0.3 percent,...

  • Does strong jobs report mean a June rate hike? Friday, 6 Mar 2015 | 9:30 AM ET
    Janet Yellen

    The strong jobs report may have just put June back on the table for the first Fed rate hike, says Ron Insana.

  • Strong jobs just reset Fed rate clock: Jim Paulsen Friday, 6 Mar 2015 | 9:12 AM ET
    Jim Paulsen, Wells Capital Mgmt. Chief Investment Strategist.

    A June rate hike by the Fed is looking more likely again, market watcher Jim Paulsen tells CNBC shortly after the much stronger-than-expected jobs report.

  • *Average hourly earnings rise three cents. WASHINGTON, March 6- U.S. employment accelerated in February and the jobless rate fell to a more than 6-1/ 2 year low of 5.5 percent, signs that could encourage the Federal Reserve to consider hiking interest rates in June. Nonfarm payrolls rose 295,000 last month after rising 239,000 in January, the Labor Department said...

  • Greenspan: Stocks not too hot, despite bubble talk Friday, 6 Mar 2015 | 8:46 AM ET
    Alan Greenspan, former Federal Reserve Chairman

    The massive QE programs in the U.S. have not led to an overvalued stock market, though there may be overheated pockets, Alan Greenspan tells CNBC.

  • WASHINGTON, March 6- U.S. employment accelerated in February and the jobless rate fell to 5.5 percent, signs that could encourage the Federal Reserve to consider hiking interest rates in June. Nonfarm payrolls rose 295,000 last month after downwardly revised 239,000 gain in January, the Labor Department said on Friday. The unemployment rate was at 5.7 percent...

  • BRASILIA, March 6- Brazil's annual inflation rate rose more than expected in February to the highest in nearly 10 years, drifting further away from the central bank's goal despite aggressive interest rate hikes and sputtering economic growth. The result, which topped even the most pessimistic of 28 forecasts in a Reuters poll, shows the unpopular shock therapy...

  • LONDON, March 6- The dollar hit an 11-1/ 2 year high against the euro on Friday, as interest rate differentials widened in favor of U.S. The dollar index was 0.3 percent higher at 96.727 while the euro slumped to an 11-1/ 2 year low of $1.0963. The euro's drop came as investors braced for the ECB's 1 trillion euro bond buying program which is expected to weaken the euro.

  • LONDON, March 6- Sterling hit a more than seven-year high against the struggling euro on Friday, as interest rate differentials moved in favour of the British pound with the European Central Bank gearing up to launch its 1- trillion euro bond buying programme. Sterling was down 0.2 percent against the dollar $1.5208, not far from a four-week low of $1.5194 struck...

  • *Bureau veritas down after Wendel sells shares. LONDON, March 6- European shares steadied near seven-year highs on Friday with investors focussed on whether U.S. jobs figures would be strong enough to prompt the Federal Reserve to hike interest rates sooner than expected. The index rose 0.8 percent to a new seven-year high on Thursday after European Central...

  • Dollar surges after another strong US jobs report Friday, 6 Mar 2015 | 2:16 AM ET

    SEOUL, South Korea— European stocks traded cautiously ahead of a U.S. jobs report Friday that could influence when the Federal Reserve raises interest rates this year. KEEPING SCORE: European stock markets got off to a lukewarm start, with Britain's FTSE 100 little changed at 6,955.63. Germany's DAX was flat at 11,501.53 while France's CAC 40 edged down 0.2...

  • *U.S. nonfarm payrolls forecast rising 240,000 in February. WASHINGTON, March 6- U.S. employment likely rose strongly in February with the jobless rate slipping, signs that could encourage the Federal Reserve to consider hiking interest rates in June. "The jobs picture remains extraordinary healthy," said Jacob Oubina, an economist at RBC Capital Markets in New...

  • Did the ECB quash the negative-yield trade? Friday, 6 Mar 2015 | 12:57 AM ET
    A trader speaks on the phone in front of the index board in Frankfurt, Germany.

    Negative-yield bonds – or paying to lend money – have provided surprising profits, but the trade faces headwinds from Europe’s QE foray.

  • HONOLULU, March 5- Federal Reserve policymakers should not wait too long to raise interest rates, a top U.S. central banker said on Thursday, because doing so could mean "drastically" overshooting on inflation and forcing the Fed to hike rates dramatically. "I think that by mid-year it will be the time to have a serious discussion about starting to raise rates," San...

  • Economists, stop blaming the weather: Pro  Thursday, 5 Mar 2015 | 9:15 PM ET

    Gina Sanchez, chairwoman & founder of Chantico Global, disputes the belief of bad weather impacting jobs creation in the U.S. and says February's report is unlikely to see wage growth.

  • SINGAPORE, March 6- Gold held below $1,200 an ounce on Friday and was headed for a fifth weekly decline in six, with he dollar near 11- year highs on expectations of strong U.S. jobs data and an interest rate hike. *Spot gold was little changed at $1,199.61 an ounce by 0028 GMT, after falling for four straight sessions to Thursday. *It was also helped by weakness in the euro,...