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U.S. Added 228,000 Jobs in November; Rate Steady at 4.1%

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U.S. employers hired workers at a strong rate in November and the unemployment rate held at a 17-year low, signs the economy is on its firmest footing in at least a decade.

U.K., EU Reach an Agreement on Brexit Divorce Terms

The U.K. and the European Union reached an agreement Friday on Brexit divorce terms after six months of tense talks, opening the way for negotiations to advance on a trade deal.

Better-Than-Seen Jobs Report Boosts U.S. Stock Futures

A stronger-than-expected pickup in U.S. hiring boosted U.S. stock futures on Friday. U.S. stock futures pointed to a 0.3% rise in the Dow Jones Industrial Average, compared with a 0.2% indication ahead of the jobs report.

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Oil Prices Boosted by Chinese Crude Imports

Oil prices rose, supported by elevated geopolitical tensions and data showing an increase in Chinese crude imports.

Pound Unimpressed by Brexit Talks Progression

Britain and the European Union have moved closer to trade talks, but many analysts still don't believe the pound and other U.K. assets will push past their Brexit slump.

China's Message to World: Global Growth Still Has Legs

Chinese exports rebounded in November, bucking the weakening regional trend and giving a shot in the arm to hopes for continued strong global growth.

German Social Democrats Agree to Talks With Embattled Merkel

Germany moved a small step closer to a potential solution to its political crisis after the largest opposition party said it would enter talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives over forging a new government.

China's Exports Strengthened in November

China's exports and imports in November both showed surprising strength-up 12.3% and 17.7% from a year earlier, respectively-underpinned by a recovering global economy and resilient domestic demand.

Japan's Economy Boosted by Surge in Capital Spending

Japan's stronger-than-expected growth offers another sign that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's economic policies, assisted by a global upturn, may be helping the nation emerge from years of stagnation.

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December 08, 2017 09:15 ET (14:15 GMT)