*J.C. Penney gets letter of inquiry from SEC. *Sears Holdings to spin off Lands' End business. NEW YORK, Dec 6- U.S. stock index futures rose on Friday, putting the S&P 500 on track to snap a five-session losing streak, ahead of a key monthly payrolls report that may affect expectations for when the Federal Reserve will begin to wind down its stimulus.» Read More
*Nonfarm payrolls seen rising 180,000 in November. WASHINGTON, Dec 6- U.S. employers likely maintained a strong pace of hiring in November, but probably not strong enough for the Federal Reserve to start reducing the amount of money it is pumping into economy.
SYDNEY/ SINGAPORE, Dec 6- The dollar hovered near a five-week low versus a basket of currencies on Friday, with its near-term fortunes riding on whether key U.S. jobs data will bolster the case for the Federal Reserve to start scaling back its monetary stimulus.
TOKYO, Dec 6- JGB prices dropped on Friday, with the 10- year yield rising to seven-week highs, after expectations the U.S. Federal Reserve could soon pare its bond-buying programme lifted U.S. and European bond yields. Investor demand for these new bonds is strong, as the Bank of Japan's massive bond buying is leading to a shortage of bonds, market players said.
SINGAPORE, Dec 6- London copper was little changed on Friday, recovering from two-week lows touched earlier this week, but trading was light ahead of a key U.S. labour report that could shed fresh light on when the Federal Reserve will trim its commodity-friendly stimulus.
*Apple climbs after China Mobile says iPhone talks continue. *J.C. Penney falls on Morgan Stanley note. NEW YORK, Dec 5- U.S. stocks fell on Thursday, with the Dow and S&P 500 dropping for a fifth straight session after a round of mixed economic data left traders guessing as to when the Federal Reserve would begin to slow its stimulus program.
Dec 5- Emerging markets will have a great deal at stake when Friday's U.S. jobs figures are announced. If the data is good and a Federal Reserve taper seems more likely, emerging markets will fall, hard, while if hiring was disappointing we can count on an outsized rally.
WASHINGTON, Dec 5- The U.S. economy grew faster than initially estimated in the third quarter but weak demand and a pile-up in business inventories buoyed the case for the Federal Reserve to keep up its bond-buying stimulus for now.
*Apple hits 52- week high after China Mobile comments. *J.C. Penney falls on Morgan Stanley note. NEW YORK, Dec 5- U.S. stocks edged lower on Thursday after a round of mixed economic data left traders guessing how soon the Federal Reserve would begin to wind down an asset-purchase program that has helped equities rally.
PARIS, Dec 5- European stocks sank on Thursday, hitting seven-week lows, as investors fretted about the risk of deflation in the euro zone while healthy U.S. economic data raised expectations the Federal Reserve could start reducing its stimulus.
NEW YORK, Dec 5- Treasury yields hit three-month highs and U.S. stocks edged lower on Thursday, under pressure for a fifth day, as robust data on the economy and the labor market raised expectations of an imminent cutback by the Federal Reserve of its stimulus.
*FTSEurofirst 300 down 0.6 pct, Euro STOXX 50 down 0.7 pct. PARIS, Dec 5- European stocks fell on Thursday, hitting seven-week lows, as investors fretted about the risk of deflation in the euro zone while healthy U.S. economic data fuelled concern the Federal Reserve may soon start reducing its stimulus.
LONDON, Dec 5- Nickel and tin rose on Thursday after Indonesia reiterated it would impose an export ban on ore, while copper dipped following strong U.S. economic data on worries the Federal Reserve could curtail monetary stimulus.
*John Kerry: core sanctions against Iran remain in place despite interim deal. LONDON, Dec 5- Brent crude oil slipped towards $111 a barrel on Thursday, as traders weighed whether positive U.S. data would prompt the Federal Reserve to start curbing its monthly bond-buying programme.
*China Mobile signs deal with Apple- report. NEW YORK, Dec 5- U.S. stocks were set to open lower on Thursday, as investors ruminated over whether healthy data on the labor market and economic growth may prompt the Federal Reserve to accelerate its timetable to wind down its monetary stimulus.
WASHINGTON, Dec 5- The U.S. economy grew faster than initially estimated in the third quarter as businesses aggressively accumulated stock, but underlying domestic demand remained sluggish and buoyed the case for the Federal Reserve to keep up its stimulus for now.
*China Mobile signs deal with Apple- report. NEW YORK, Dec 5- U.S. stock index futures were little changed on Thursday, ahead of data on the labor market and economic growth that may help investors assess whether the Federal Reserve may accelerate its timetable to wind down its monetary stimulus.
LONDON, Dec 5- Copper fell slightly on Thursday, after reaching a nine-day high in the previous session, as strong U.S. economic data strengthened the view that the Federal Reserve might curtail monetary stimulus sooner than expected.
WASHINGTON-- The Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday that it reached a $1.25 million settlement with a division of Johnson& Johnson over allegations that it knowingly shipped faulty sterilization equipment used by hospitals.
NEW YORK, Dec 4- U.S. stocks ended lower on Wednesday for a fourth session while Treasury yields rose as traders were cautious ahead of jobs data later in the week that could determine whether the Federal Reserve will cut its stimulus soon.
NEW YORK, Dec 4- The Dow and the S&P 500 finished lower for the fourth consecutive session on Wednesday after investors found few reasons to make big moves, with uncertainty remaining over when the Federal Reserve will start to slow its stimulus.