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Private companies created far more jobs than expected in December, a bright sign for an economy that has been otherwise struggling, according to the latest numbers from ADP and Moody’s Analytics.

At long last, a rate hike for the history books. After seven years of the most accommodative monetary policy in U.S. history, the Fed on Wednesday, as widely expected, approved a quarter-point increase in its target funds rate. The new target will go from 0 percent to 0.25 percent to 0.25 percent to 0.5 percent. …

The U.S. economy generated a solid 211,000 jobs in November, a number that topped expectations and may have turned the final key for the Federal Reserve to hike interest rates later this month. In a much-anticipated report, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said nonfarm payroll growth continued to build on the momentum from October. Wall …

Banking is becoming increasingly less personal, and customers seem to like it that way. At a time when bank branches are disappearing by the hundreds, many folks don’t seem to care. In fact, an expansive survey shows that when it comes to the banking experience, institutions are far better off concentrating on creating great mobile …

If the Federal Reserve opts not to raise interest rates in December, it won’t be over calendar or political concerns. With arguments against an increase in the key funds rate dissipating, two of the remaining concerns are that Fed officials would be reticent to hike in December, when a move could have outsized effects due …

Job growth surged in October, rebounding from a late-summer slowdown that raised concerns about whether global slowness was infecting the U.S. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday that nonfarm payrolls grew 271,000 for the month, a sharp jump from weak August and September numbers. The headline unemployment rate declined to 5.0 percent. A broader …

Private job gains edged lower in October, with companies adding 182,000 new positions as economic growth cooled, according to a report from ADP and Moody’s Analytics. The growth actually was a shade better than the 180,000 expected, according to FactSet, but was in keeping with a reduced pace of employment growth across the U.S. economy. …

The U.S. economy created 142,000 jobs in September, a number that missed expectations and could cool expectations that the Federal Reserve will start raising interest rates soon. Unemployment held at 5.1 percent, according to the Labor Department. A separate member that includes those who are working part-time for economic reasons or have not looked for …

This is a breaking news story. Please check back for further updates. Private companies topped expectations for job creation in September, adding 200,000 new positions thanks in part to a boost from large companies. Small firms with fewer than 50 employees have been the primary engine of job creation during the post-recession recovery, but that …

Investors will have at least one more month to worry about whether the Federal Reserve is raising rates. In the face of jittery financial markets and a global slowdown, the Fed blinked. September was supposed to be the month the U.S. central bank finally came off its zero interest rate policy, but instead it opted …

A rate hike will come and the bull market will stumble, bond yields will climb and the economy will slip into a recession. This we know. What we don’t know is how long all of that will take and how long it will last. For the economy specifically, history offers little guide about timing. A …

The U.S. economy added 173,000 jobs in August, lower than expected as investors look for clues about the path of interest rates, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday. In addition to the new jobs, the unemployment rate fell to 5.1 percent. A separate measure that includes those who have stopped looking for work or …

Friday’s much-anticipated jobs report could be the final piece of the Federal Reserve puzzle for raising interest rates. Should the number come in considerably above expectations of about 220,000, many market participants believe the U.S. central bank will vote to raise interest rates for the first time in more than nine years. To whatever extent …

There have been so many factors influencing the market’s twists and turns now that it’s easy to lose count. Let’s, however, take a look at seven that seem to be the most prevalent influences of the rapid-fire price action lately. 1. Price discovery The notion that the marketplace actually can find a rational price, absent …