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Jan 9, 2014

Stocks flat as caution reigns before U.S. payrolls

NEW YORK, Jan 9 (Reuters) – U.S. stocks ended a volatile
session little changed as investors were reluctant to make big
moves ahead of the closely watched payroll report, while global
markets dipped following recent steep gains.

Wall Street stocks moved between positive and negative
territory throughout the day, a sign of conflicting views over
the upcoming report.

Jan 9, 2014

Global stocks slip; caution reigns before U.S. payrolls

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Stock markets around the world fell on Thursday as investors took profits following recent steep gains and were reluctant to buy ahead of the closely watched U.S. payrolls report on Friday.

While recent data has indicated improving economic conditions, Friday’s payrolls report will be the first since the Federal Reserve announced a slowing of its stimulus program last month. There may be some increased expectations for the data to justify the market’s recent rally. Strong economic indicators on Thursday, including an index on European sentiment and U.S. jobless claims, were not enough to drive optimism.

Jan 9, 2014

Stocks slip; caution reigns before U.S. payrolls

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Stock markets around the world fell on Thursday as investors took profits following recent steep gains and were reluctant to buy ahead of the closely watched U.S. payrolls report on Friday.

While recent data has indicated improving economic conditions, this is the first payrolls report since the Federal Reserve announced a slowing of its stimulus program last month. This may raise some expectations for the data to justify the market’s recent rally. Strong economic indicators on Thursday, including an index on European sentiment and U.S. jobless claims, were not enough to drive optimism.

Jan 9, 2014

Caution reigns ahead of U.S. payrolls, global stocks fall

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Stock markets around the world fell on Thursday, with investors cautious ahead of the December U.S. payrolls report on Friday, which overshadowed strong data on the U.S. labour market and European sentiment.

While recent data has indicated improving conditions, this is the first payrolls report since the Federal Reserve announced a slowing of its stimulus program, putting more pressure on the data to justify the market’s steep recent gains.

Jan 9, 2014

Caution reigns ahead of U.S. payrolls, stocks fall

NEW YORK, Jan 9 (Reuters) – Stock markets around the world
fell on Thursday, with investors cautious ahead of the December
U.S. payrolls report on Friday, which overshadowed strong data
on the U.S. labor market and European sentiment.

While recent data has indicated improving conditions, this
is the first payrolls report since the Federal Reserve announced
a slowing of its stimulus program, putting more pressure on the
data to justify the market’s steep recent gains.

Jan 8, 2014

Dow, S&P slip ahead of Fed; Micron lifts Nasdaq

NEW YORK, Jan 8 (Reuters) – The Dow and the S&P 500 declined
modestly on Wednesday as investors awaited the release of
minutes from the Federal Reserve’s most recent policy meeting,
while Micron’s strong results helped boost the Nasdaq.

Minutes of the Fed’s December meeting, after which the U.S.
central bank announced its decision to begin trimming its
monthly bond purchases, will be released at 2 p.m. (1900 GMT).
Market participants will scour them for details about the
tapering, as well as look for signs of a clear Fed commitment to
keeping rates low for a long time.

Jan 8, 2014

Wall St flat ahead of Fed minutes, Micron lifts Nasdaq

NEW YORK, Jan 8 (Reuters) – U.S. stocks were little changed
on Wednesday as investors awaited the release of minutes from
the Federal Reserve’s most recent policy meeting, while strong
results from Micron helped boost the Nasdaq.

Minutes of the Fed’s December meeting, at which the U.S.
central bank announced its decision to begin trimming its
stimulative monthly bond purchases, are out later on Wednesday.
Market participants will scour them for details about the
tapering, as well as signs of a clear Fed commitment to keeping
rates low for a long time.

Jan 8, 2014

Private sector adds more jobs than expected in December

NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. private employers hired staff at the fastest pace in 13 months in December, data from a payrolls processor showed Wednesday, burnishing expectations that similar figures due later in the week from the government will confirm the U.S. economy was gathering steam at the end of last year.

Companies added 238,000 jobs last month after an upwardly revised 229,000 in November, the ADP National Employment Report showed, topping expectations in a Reuters poll for a gain of 200,000. It was the largest monthly gain since November 2012 and brought a three-month average of corporate hiring to nearly 225,000 a month, the fastest such pace in 21 months.

Jan 8, 2014

U.S. private sector adds more jobs than expected in Dec

NEW YORK, Jan 8 (Reuters) – U.S. private employers hired
staff at the fastest pace in 13 months in December, data from a
payrolls processor showed Wednesday, burnishing expectations
that similar figures due later in the week from the government
will confirm the U.S. economy was gathering steam at the end of
last year.

Companies added 238,000 jobs last month after an upwardly
revised 229,000 in November, the ADP National Employment Report
showed, topping expectations in a Reuters poll for a gain of
200,000. It was the largest monthly gain since November 2012 and
brought a three-month average of corporate hiring to nearly
225,000 a month, the fastest such pace in 21 months.

Jan 8, 2014

U.S. private sector adds more jobs than expected in December: ADP

NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. private employers added a bigger-than-expected 238,000 jobs in December, the strongest increase in 13 months, a report by a payrolls processor showed on Wednesday.

Economists surveyed by Reuters had forecast the ADP National Employment Report would show a gain of 200,000 jobs, with estimates ranging from a low of 170,000 to a high of 240,000.