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  • Euro drops toward parity with dollar

    The euro's value against the dollar keeps dropping, and it could soon reach parity with the dollar for the first time in 13 years. Its dramatic decline could help companies in the 19-country eurozone and even be a boon to U.S. tourists by, for example,...
  • Stocks, bonds drop sharply as strong jobs report raises prospect for a rate hike

    Stocks, bonds drop sharply as strong jobs report raises prospect for a rate hike
    A strong jobs report shook up the financial markets Friday. U.S. employers added 295,000 jobs last month, the government said. That was more than economists were expecting and, combined with a drop in the unemployment rate, raised the likelihood of...
  • How the Dow Jones industrial average fared Friday

    Stocks fell sharply on Friday as a strong jobs report led investors to speculate that the Federal Reserve could raise interest rates as soon as June as the economy continues to strengthen. On Friday: The Dow Jones industrial average fell 278.94 points,...
  • February hiring swamps expectations; what will Fed do?

    WASHINGTON February marked stronger-than-expected hiring, and both traditional and alternative measures of unemployment reported by the government Friday suggest important improvement. Employers added 295,000 jobs last month, the Labor Department said,...
  • U.S. adds a robust 295K jobs; jobless rate falls to 5.5 pct.

    U.S. adds a robust 295K jobs; jobless rate falls to 5.5 pct.
    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 unemployment rate fell to 5.5 percent from 5.7 percent. But the decline in the...
  • Solid U.S. jobs report; unemployment rate at 5.5%

    Solid U.S. jobs report; unemployment rate at 5.5%
    A burst of hiring in February underscored the resilience and confidence of U.S. businesses, which are adding workers at the fastest pace in 17 years. Yet the strong job gains did little to raise wages last month. U.S. employers added 295,000 jobs, the...
  • Why the Federal Reserve should raise interest rates now

    Why the Federal Reserve should raise interest rates now
    By your mid-20s, if you're lucky enough to have a job, it's time to move out of the house and support yourself. You've saved some money. Your prospects are decent. Success isn't guaranteed, but you can't live on mommy and daddy's money forever, right?...
  • Another solid month of job gains over 200K expected for Feb.

    U.S. employers are expected to follow the best three-month burst of hiring in 17 years with another solid round of job gains in February. Still, the result is unlikely to match the furious pace of November through January, when 1 million positions were...
  • Mortgage rates fall for first time in 4 weeks

    Mortgage rates fall for first time in 4 weeks
    Average long-term mortgage rates have fallen for the first time in four weeks and remain near historic lows reached in May 2013. Mortgage giant Freddie Mac said Thursday that the national average for a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage fell to 3.75 percent...
  • US productivity falls at faster pace, labor costs rise

    U.S. worker productivity was even weaker than first thought from October through December while labor costs rose at a faster rate. Productivity declined at an annual rate of 2.2 percent in the fourth quarter, weaker than the 1.8 percent drop that was...
  • Investing: How to invest in bond funds now

    Investing: How to invest in bond funds now
    Most observers expect the Federal Reserve to raise short-term rates, probably in the second half of the year. But the Fed may delay the decision because of the strong dollar, which is attracting foreign investors and propping up bond prices (which move in...