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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 …

For years, Piper Jaffray has been one of the biggest bulls on Wall Street, and with good reason. This week, though, amid market carnage not seen since the financial crisis, the firm has decided it’s seen enough. Piper finally slashed its uber-optimistic market call for 2015, cutting its S&P 500 price target from what now …

The Fed rate hike derby keeps getting more and more intense.

Conditions for a rate increase are “approaching” though not at hand, according to the minutes from the most recent Federal Reserve meeting.

The drumbeat of disappointment is continuing for the U.S. economy, with the latest numbers showing the third quarter looking a lot like the first quarter.

The central bank printed $4.5 trillion and all we got was a lousy 0.2 percent wage increase. While that sounds like a T-shirt for policy geeks that one might buy at the shore, it actually pretty accurately describes the plight of the average American worker. After years of easing never seen before in global central …

With Wall Street looking for any clues that tighter policy is coming, the Federal Reserve on Wednesday declined to raise interest rates or provide any clues about when a hike is on the way. In a move widely expected on Wall Street, the U.S. central bank’s Open Market Committee kept its key funds rate near …

As Wall Street frets over when the first interest rate hike in nine years will come, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen is sticking to the script. In a speech delivered Friday to the City Club of Cleveland, the U.S. central bank chief reiterated familiar Fed talking points: The economy is improving, unemployment is dropping, inflation …

American companies kicked off the summer with modest growth in hiring, sending nonfarm payrolls up 223,000 in June, according to Labor Department numbers released Thursday. In addition to the payroll growth, the unemployment rate ticked lower to 5.3 percent from 5.5 percent, due largely to a sharp decline in labor force participation, which fell from …

Bill Gross thinks conditions are ripe for a significant liquidity crisis in the markets, and he points a finger at his old firm for its potential to be at the center of the storm. In his monthly note to investors, the Janus Capital Group fund manager said there are six specific triggers for such an …