SYDNEY, Nov 30- Currency markets got off to a nondescript start on Monday thanks to an uneventful weekend, but the prospect of further policy easing this week by the European Central Bank is likely to keep the euro on the defensive. The common currency was just a shade under $1.0600 in early Asian trade, little changed from where it was late last week.» Read More
The Labor Department said employers added 114,000 jobs in August. Benchmark oil is now down 44 cents to $91.27 per barrel in electronic trading in New York. A four percent jump on Thursday followed a 4 percent decline on Wednesday as traders assess the strength of global oil demand while watching development surrounding Syria in the Middle East.
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.
WARSAW, Poland-- Thousands of health care workers are marching in Warsaw to demand higher pay and protest government plans to privatize parts of the health care system. Nurses from Belgium, France, Greece and other European Union nations also joined the Friday rally.
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.
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.
TOKYO-- Mitsubishi Motor and Mazda have reported a plunge in China auto sales for September when tensions between Japan and China escalated into anti-Japanese riots. Mitsubishi Motors Corp. said Friday its China sales dived 63 percent to 2,340 vehicles in September from 6,307 a year earlier.
NEW YORK-- U.S. stock futures are rising modestly ahead of key U.S. jobs figures that will provide insight into the world's largest economy with just over a month to go before the U.S. presidential election. Dow futures are up 20 points to 13,518. The broader S&P 500 futures are up 2 points to 1,457. Nasdaq futures are up 6 points to 2,828..
SANTA MONICA, Calif.-- Lionsgate has promoted Brian Goldsmith to co-chief operating officer. He will serve as co-COO with Steve Beeks and will report to CEO Jon Feltheimer. Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. has headquarters in Santa Monica, California, but is based in Vancouver, British Columbia.
NEW YORK-- Shares of Zynga tumbled in premarket trading on Friday as the online game maker said that it expects a third-quarter loss due to weak demand for some of its titles. Zynga Inc. anticipates a third-quarter loss of 12 to 14 cents per share. Brian Pitz of Jefferies lowered Zynga's price target to $2.50 from $3 and maintained a "Hold" rating.
NEW YORK-- Olive Garden is tossing out its famous "When You're Here, You're Family" slogan to cater to a more modern lifestyle. It was a very stereotypical Italian family dinner, "said Jay Spenchian, executive vice president of marketing at Olive Garden.
BERLIN-- Government data show that industrial orders in Germany, Europe's biggest economy, were down 1.3 percent in August compared with the previous month _ a decline led by slacker demand at home. The Economy Ministry said Friday that the drop followed a slight 0.3 percent gain in July.
In Europe, the FTSE 100 index of leading British shares was up 0.3 percent at 5,846 while Germany's DAX rose 0.5 percent to 7,342. The CAC-40 in France was 0.7 percent higher at 3,427.. The price of oil was steady after advancing in the wake of concerns of rising tensions between Turkey and Syria _ the benchmark New York rate was 74 cents lower at $90.95 a barrel.
BERLIN-- German Chancellor Angela Merkel will travel to Greece next week for the first time since the debt crisis erupted to meet the country's prime minister _ who warned Friday that Athens will run out of money at the end of November if it doesn't receive the next part of its bailout loans.
JOHANNESBURG-- A strike leader says the body of a mineworker was found near an Anglo American Platinum mine in Rustenburg. Mary Jane Morifi, a spokeswoman for Anglo American Platinum, the world's top producer or platinum, declined to comment, saying a statement would be issued later Friday.
BANGKOK-- Better-than-expected U.S. economic data helped boost stock markets Friday ahead of a monthly report on employment in the world's top economy. Government figures showing the number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits for the first time rose to 367,000 last week.
WASHINGTON-- Mitt Romney's Medicare plan won't try to control costs by limiting the payments that future retirees would use to buy private health insurance, aides say. Reining in costs is vital to keeping Medicare affordable, and in their plans both President Barack Obama and Romney's running mate, Paul Ryan, set limits on the growth of future spending.
BERLIN-- Greece will run out of money at the end of November if it doesn't receive the next planned installment of its bailout loans, the country's prime minister has said. Greece has relied on bailouts from increasingly impatient international creditors since May 2010.
WASHINGTON-- With President Barack Obama knocked off stride and the election looming, the government is issuing new unemployment data likely to underscore the slow economic recovery and ensure that jobs remain the top issue of the presidential campaign.