The number of planned layoffs at U.S. firms dipped by less than 1 percent in November, with retail seeing the greatest number of job losses.» Read More
Job growth was less than expected in August as the U.S. economy added 169,000 positions, raising questions over whether the Federal Reserve will begin a pullback on its historically easy monetary policy.
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Asian stocks rose on Friday but trade was cautious ahead of a crucial U.S. jobs report that could determine if the Federal Reserve reduces its stimulus program later this month.
Benchmark U.S. yields briefly topped the key 3 percent level on Thursday as stronger-than-expected U.S. economic data reinforced views the Federal Reserve could slow its massive bond buying program soon, prompting a global bond rout.
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Stocks eked out gains for a third-consecutive session Thursday, with the 10-year note yield pushing closer to the psychological threshold of 3 percent, as investors digested a flurry of economic reports and ahead of the government's widely-watched monthly jobs report.
European shares closed higher on Thursday, after both the European Central Bank (ECB) and the Bank of England (BoE) voted to maintain ultra-loose monetary policy.
The pace of growth in the services sector accelerated to its fastest pace in almost eight years. A separate report showed that new orders for US factory goods dropped in July.
European Central Bank President Mario Draghi on Thursday said the bank would not participate in any additional debt relief for Greece, arguing that such a move would be tantamount to financing Greece directly.
The private sector added 176,000 jobs in August while weekly jobless claims continued their decline, indicative of slow but steady gains.
Weekly jobless claims had been expected edged lower by 1,000 to 330,000.
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The number of planned layoffs surged in August to their highest in half a year, with industrial goods manufacturers the hardest hit, a report on Thursday showed.
The Bank of England surprised some by not issuing an in-depth statement on Thursday, as governor Mark Carney skipped town to join other policymakers at the G-20.
Indian equities outperformed on Thursday after the nation's new central bank governor unveiled steps to liberalize financial markets, but caution over a reduction in the Federal Reserve's stimulus capped gains in the rest of Asia.
Stocks closed higher for a second session Wednesday, with the Dow logging its biggest gain in over a month, following the Fed's upbeat Beige Book report and as the White House pressed its case for military action in Syria.
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Conditions continued to improve over the past quarter, suggesting that the economy is reaching the point where monetary easing can be pulled back, according to the most recent Fed assessment.
European shares pared losses in afternoon trade on Wednesday to close higher, thanks to a strong open in the U.S. markets. However, airline shares suffered after a profit warning from Ryanair.
The Nasdaq had another problem with the main data feed that was at the center of the outage that brought trading in Nasdaq securities to a halt for about three hours nearly two weeks ago.