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Robust Job Growth Puts U.S. on Firmest Footing in a Decade

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The economy appears to be on its firmest footing in at least a decade, with hiring picking up from earlier this year and the unemployment rate holding at a 17-year low in November.

Better-Than-Seen Jobs Report Boosts U.S. Stocks

A stronger-than-expected pickup in U.S. hiring boosted stocks Friday. Shortly after the open, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.2%.

U.S. Consumer Sentiment Fell Again in December

A key measure of U.S. consumer sentiment slid in December for the second straight month, but continued to signal solid household confidence to close out 2017.

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China Levies Large Fine on Bank Over Bond Guarantees

China's banking watchdog fined a midsize bank more than $100 million for its role in a bond default last year, one of the largest penalties levied on a Chinese bank and a sign Beijing is ramping up a crackdown on ways banks have been hiding risks.

Canada Housing Starts Surge on Condo Demand

Canadian housing starts unexpectedly surged in November to their highest level in almost 10 years, fueled by the construction of multifamily dwellings in the Toronto area.

Bitcoin Futures Promise Wild Ride for Risk-Loving Traders

This weekend's launch of the first U.S. bitcoin futures will let investors add bitcoin to their portfolios through the same electronic brokerages they use to trade stocks and options.

U.S. Wholesale Inventories Declined 0.5% in October

Wholesale inventories fell by a seasonally adjusted 0.5% in October from the prior month, the Commerce Department said. Economists had expected a 0.4% decline.

Oil Prices Boosted by Chinese Crude Imports

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

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.

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.

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December 08, 2017 11:15 ET (16:15 GMT)