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![CDATA[ By Margreet Dietz Jan. 12 (BusinessDesk) – Investors await the start of the fourth-quarter US corporate reporting season, including results from Alcoa and JPMorgan Chase, as well as US retail sales, to bolster their confidence in the outlook after December’s mixed jobs data. Reports scheduled for release in the coming days include Alcoa today, Read More

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* Payrolls report tops expectations * Wholesale trade data on tap * AbbVie forecast 2015 earnings above expectations * Futures up: Dow 4 pts, S&P 1.25 pts, Nasdaq 10.5 pts (Adds quote, data) By Chuck Mikolajczak NEW YORK, Jan 9 (Reuters) – U.S. stocks were poised to open little changed on Friday, after a two-day Read More

U.S. stock futures were lower Friday as oil prices and weakness in Europe weighed on sentiment and ahead of the December payrolls report that could further support the argument for the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates. At 8:30 a.m. E.T., data are expected to show that the U.S. economy added 245,000 non-farm jobs Read More

JUST as they missed out on much of the upside during the sharp rally in S&P Futures in December, Aussie growers have been shielded from a recent downside in US markets. Analysts are pointing to the falling Australian dollar as one of the major contributing factors to physical Aussie prices remaining relatively stable. Hannah Janson, Read More

NEW YORK (AP) — S&P Futures rose slightly early Friday after the government reported another strong round of hiring in December, while the unemployment rate fell to a six-year low. Bond yields rose as investors anticipated that growth in the economy would continue to outpace other countries. KEEPING SCORE: U.S. index futures were up slightly Read More

The Australian share market has closed higher for a second session in a row, boosted by a positive lead from US markets and a steady oil price. “We’ve certainly been led by what’s going on in the US,” IG market strategist Evan Lucas said. “We’ve had a really good bounce, and having a look at Read More