Job growth weak for Nov. in setback for economy
WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation added only a trickle of jobs in November, far fewer than experts had expected and a reminder that the economy is still recovering only fitfully.
The job market was weak all around: Stores, factories, construction companies and financial firms all cut positions. The unemployment rate nudged closer to double digits again — 9.8 percent, after three straight months at 9.6 percent.
Employers added 39,000 jobs for the month, the Labor Department said Friday.
The report caught economists off guard. They had predicted 150,000 new jobs after the economy added 172,000 in October — which had been enough to qualify as a hiring spurt in this anemic post-recession economy.
Stocks recover ground after weak employment report
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks staged a late afternoon rally after spending most of the day weighed down by an unexpected rise in the unemployment rate. Indexes wound up closing higher for the third straight day.
The Dow Jones industrial average rose 2.6 percent for the week, its best weekly gain since hitting a 2010 high on Nov. 5. The Dow is now just 0.5 percent below that level.
Materials and energy companies led the rebound, and oil and gold prices rose.
Panel recommends expanding use of stomach bands
WASHINGTON (AP) — About 12 million more obese Americans could soon be eligible to get surgery to implant a small, flexible stomach band designed to help them lose weight by dramatically limiting their food intake.
The FDA will make a final decision on the Lap-Band in the coming months. On Friday, a panel of FDA advisers recommended expanding use of the device to include patients who are mildly obese.
The device from Allergan Inc. is currently implanted in roughly 100,000 people each year. It usually helps patients lose 50 pounds or more and has been limited to patients who are morbidly obese.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. and South Korea have reached an agreement on the largest trade pact in more than a decade, a highly coveted deal the Obama administration hopes will boost American exports and create tens of thousands of U.S. jobs.
After a week of marathon negotiations, representatives from both countries broke through a stalemate Friday morning on outstanding issues related to the automobile industry, which have been a sticking point in the talks.
The agreement would be the largest U.S. trade deal since the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico, and would bolster U.S. economic ties with South Korea, the world's 12th largest economy. The deal is often referred to as NAFTA.
US drilling decisions ripple on 2 coasts
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Less than a year ago, struggling states and coastal towns saw crude exploration off the Gulf Coast and Atlantic seaboard as economic salvation.
Yet the backlash from the BP oil spill — most recently the Obama administration's decision this week not to open up some of that area to new drilling — has residents wondering if the industry will ever thrive again in U.S. waters.
Some fear an exodus of oil rigs in search of friendlier waters overseas. And with each passing day, folks that rely on deepwater drilling say the damage is multiplying, creating a ripple affect from blue-collar Main Street to beachside drives. They warn it will only get worse.
WikiLeaks fights to stay online amid attacks
LONDON (AP) — WikiLeaks became an Internet vagabond Friday, moving from one website to another as governments and hackers hounded the organization, trying to deprive it of a direct line to the public.
The organization that has embarrassed Washington and foreign leaders by releasing a cache of secret — and brutally frank — U.S. diplomatic cables found a new home after an American company stopped directing traffic to wikileaks.org. Then French officials moved to oust it from its new site.
By late Friday, WikiLeaks was up in at least three new places.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Viacom Inc. is seeking to overturn a court decision that dismissed its claims of copyright abuse against YouTube even though the Internet video site used to show thousands of pirated clips.
The challenge filed Friday in a federal appeals court in New York had been expected since a June ruling rebuffed Viacom's copyright infringement lawsuit against YouTube and its owner, Google Inc.
Viacom's renewed effort to collect more than $1 billion in alleged damages from Google is the latest twist in a closely watched legal battle that has already dragged on for nearly four years. Oral argument on the appeal probably won't happen until at least next summer.
For now, China dominates the US IPO market
NEW YORK (AP) — Chinese companies are poised to dominate the U.S. IPO market next week.
Of the nine companies scheduled to conduct initial public offerings, six are from China and one is from Taiwan. If all go to market as planned, it will be a record number of Chinese companies listing in the U.S. in the same week, according to data provider Dealogic.
The companies drawing big investor interest are E-Commerce China Dangdang Inc., which is modeled after online store Amazon.com Inc., and Youku.com Inc., an Asian mash-up of popular U.S. online video websites Hulu and YouTube.
Debt crisis is changing Europe's currency union
BRUSSELS (AP) — Europe and the euro will never be the same.
The debt crisis is forcing governments to rewrite some of the eurozone's most fundamental rules. While some see the current turmoil as the slow-motion wreckage of the common currency bloc, others maintain Europe will have the political resolve to keep it together and even bring it closer together.
Either way, one thing is clear: Thanks to new debt and bailout rules being agreed among the 16 eurozone nations, Europe's monetary union will be forever altered, even if it survives the crisis.
The Dow Jones industrial average rose 19.68, or 0.2 percent, to close at 11,382.09.
The Standard & Poor's 500 rose 3.18, or 0.3 percent, to 1,224.71. The Nasdaq composite index rose 12.11, or 0.5 percent, to 2,591.46.
Benchmark oil settled up $1.19 at $89.19 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. There are widespread expectations that the price will hit $90 a barrel by year's end and head toward $100 a barrel by next spring when traders begin looking ahead to the summer driving season.
In other Nymex trading in January contracts, heating oil rose 3.28 cents to settle at $2.4874 a gallon, gasoline slipped 0.32 cent to $2.3521 a gallon and natural gas gained 0.6 cent to $4.349 per 1,000 cubic feet.
In London, Brent crude rose 78 cents to $91.42 a barrel on the ICE futures exchange.
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