By SHAILA DEWAN
The United States added a robust 200,000 new jobs last month, the Labor Department said, in a sign that the economic recovery was gaining momentum.
By ANTHONY SHADID
A blast shook a densely populated neighborhood in Damascus in the second attack in Syria's capital in two weeks, state media said.
The Lede Blog
By J. DAVID GOODMAN and ROBERT MACKEY
The U.S.S. Kidd rescued thirteen people whose fishing vessel was seized in the North Arabian Sea in November, the Pentagon said on Friday.
By JACK HEALY and MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT
A move by Iraq's government to welcome a deadly insurgent group into its political system is adding to sectarian tensions and could tilt the nation's center of gravity closer to Iran.
By DAMIEN CAVE
In Mexico and Latin America, old migratory patterns are changing as migrants move to a wider range of cities and countries, creating regional challenges and opportunities.
By DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK
In their closing arguments at the trial of former President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt, prosecutors said he was ultimately responsible for the killings of hundreds of peaceful protesters.
Jan 6, 2012
By EDWARD WYATT
Companies settling civil securities charges will no longer be allowed to say they "neither admit nor deny" the commission's civil charges in cases where criminal guilt has already been established.
By HIROKO TABUCHI
Michael C. Woodford, ousted after exposing accounting fraud at the company, said he had failed to win support in a proxy battle from Japanese institutional investors and creditors.
By BRIAN X. CHEN
Both Samsung and HTC have been aggressive advocates of Google's Android operating system. Samsung's profits rose while HTC's profits sank. Their divergent performances illustrate the vast effort it takes to remain successful in the highly competitive mobile industry.
By NICOLE PERLROTH
Hackers have stolen some of the programming code for two of Symantec's antivirus products for businesses, but the company said the products involved - which were Symantec Endpoint Protection 11.0 and Symantec Antivirus 10.2 - were four and five years old.
By BLOOMBERG NEWS
The third such downgrade in six weeks increases pressure on Prime Minister Viktor Orban to obtain an International Monetary Fund backstop.
JANUARY 06, 2012
MarketWatch top 10 stories Jan. 3 - 6
The Dow Jones Industrial (DJIA) average closed the week up 1.2%, while the broader S&P 500 Index (SPX) added 1.6%.
The tech-laden Nasdaq (COMP) was the big winner, adding more than 2.5% during the holiday-shortened 4-day week.
Greg Morcroft, assistant managing editor.
U.S. economy created 200,000 jobs in December
The U.S. economy gained 200,000 jobs in December and the unemployment rate fell to 8.5%, the Labor Department said Friday. Economists surveyed by MarketWatch had forecast the U.S. would add 150,000 jobs last month, with the jobless rate edging up to 8.7% from an initially reported 8.6% in November. Subtracting another decline in government jobs, the private sector boosted payrolls by 212,000. Read MarketWatch coverage of jobs report
6 stocks set to advance in 2012
I'm no bottom fisher, but there are several names on my watch list which have undergone meaningful corrections and the dust appears to finally be settling. Unlike a ‘Dogs of the Dow' type of review based solely on mean reversion, these are stocks which are starting to show some positive changes which bode well for higher prices in 2012. Read MarketWatch look at a half dozen interesting stock ideas
The dividend stock of the decade
After watching a busy night of politicians slinging you know what, I wondered if any of them ever took the time to visit the dividend stock of the decade? This fertilizer company has delivered some very sweet returns to investors for the last decade. Terra Nitrogen is a Master Limited Partnership traded on the New York Stock Exchange. Its assets consist mainly of a nitrogen manufacturing facility in Verdigris, Okla. I guess they don't want the headquarters in Deerfield, Ill., too close to the plant. Read about a dividend winner, on MarketWatch
Not buy-and-hold, but buy-and-sell rarely
As investment strategies go, it's pretty simple one. Even better, it's one that will improve, according to the authors of a newly published paper, the risk-adjusted return of your portfolio without much fuss.No, it's not a buy-and-hold strategy. Rather, call it a market-valuation-based-tactical asset allocation strategy. Or, if you prefer, and with apologies to the authors of the paper, call it the buy-and-sell-twice-a-decade strategy, when market valuations — as measured by the PE 5 (a version of Yale University Prof. Robert Shiller's PE 10 ratio) — are either very high or very low. Here's how it works Read Robert Powell's Your Portfolio column, on MarketWatch
What would it take to burst gold's price?
No one ever said gold was an asset for the faint-hearted. Or indeed, for anyone who doesn't enjoy an argument.To some it is the only true form of money, a king over the water just waiting to be re-installed on its rightful throne once the impostors are cleared out of the way. To others, it remains, as the economist John Maynard Keynes described it, a "barbarous relic," of no more relevance to the 21st century that the canal or the telegraph.Still, even by its usual standards, it was more contested than ever as 2011 closed out. Read MarketWatch Trading Deck item on gold
10 themes for 2012
Last year was full of meaningful moments.We witnessed an Arab Spring, a Japanese earthquake, a summer crash, and a royal wedding. Wall Street was occupied, and the U.S. credit rating downgraded. We paid respects to icons such as Steve Jobs, Joe Frazier, Elizabeth Taylor, Clarence Clemons, and Al Davis.The financial markets, however, never look back — they discount the probabilities of what will happen in the future. As such, in no particular order, here are 10 themes that could evolve as the year unfolds. Read MarketWatch report on 10 themes for 2012
Big Gateway pipeline hearings starting B.C.
Lights, cameras ... testimony. What's being called "the mother of all public hearings" begins next week in tiny Kitimat, B.C., over Enbridge's proposed Northern Gateway pipeline from Alberta's oil fields to tiny Kitimat, where an oil-tanker terminal would be built to get all that crude to foreign markets — mostly China. With the southward-bound Keystone-XL pipeline already very much in the public spotlight, this Canada-only pipeline is also causing major battle lines — and media strategies — to be drawn. Over 4,000 individuals and groups have signed up to testify in two dozen planned hearings across the province. Major Enbridge supporters have just come forth this week — four major oil companies with oil-sands operations. Read MarketWatch preview of fight over Oil Sands pipeline
China faces unrest from housing woes
Irate Chinese homeowners are among the top policy concerns for Beijing this year, according to analysts who say weakening house prices are stoking serious tensions.Financial author and CSLA Singapore managing director Fraser Howie calls it the "real unknown" of 2012, as there's no track record of how this newly emerged class of homeowners would react if the current softening in residential housing prices turns into a prolonged decline."It's too difficult to analyze what's going to happen," he said, citing the difficulty in sourcing accurate statistics on the property market and the short history of property ownership in China. Read about China's brewing homegrown housing crisis, on MarketWatch
Obama recess appoints Cordray to head CFPB
President Barack Obama on Wednesday employed a rarely used presidential maneuver to appoint his candidate to run a controversial new consumer-watchdog bureau, bypassing Republican opposition in the Senate and opening the door to legal and political attacks at the agency.The White House recess appointed Richard Cordray, a former Ohio attorney general, to head the Consumer Financial Protection Agency, a bureau charged with writing rules for mortgages and other consumer credit products.Obama said in a Wednesday speech in suburban Cleveland that Cordray would start working immediately to "make sure millions of Americans are treated fairly by mortgage brokers, payday lenders and debt collectors." Read MarketWatch coverage of Cordray appointment
How Kodak might emerge from bankruptcy
At one point in its storied 131-year history, Eastman Kodak (EK) had a stranglehold on just about anything related to photography. Those days are long gone. Over the decades, the company has slowly slipped out of the public consciousness as digital photography has swept aside virtually all remnants of Kodak's once-dominant presence. Its shares slid to the point where it was booted off the Dow in 2004, leading it to its current share price of 40 cents. And now it appears the company will declare bankruptcy. If that happens, and Kodak emerges, consumers can kiss the remaining remnants of the company's photographic business good bye. Read about Kodak's likely fate, on MarketWatch
Angry residents were at the scene shouting and denouncing the bombing as the work of "terrorists".
But the Muslim Brotherhood has accused president Bashar al-Assad's regime of orchestrating the attack.
- Hot air balloon crashes killing all on board
- Rain may ease SA bushfire risk
- Fragile India no match for Aussie attack
- 3,000 killed in South Sudan massacres
- CO2 shortage may flatten soft drink supplies
- Perth woman returns to Argentina attack site
- Jobless rate falls as US economy gathers steam
- Former PA to Brooks arrested: report
- Cameron criticises Thatcher film's timing
There is a key problem with this way of looking at global and local capitalism and the current crises we find ourselves in.
It is that capitalist growth equals monetary debts: the greater the growth, the greater the debt.
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- Asylum seeker impasse highlights leadership vacuum
- Can Japan do better than Chernobyl?
- Intellectual honesty and an open mind
- 40km/h limit in Sydney ill-considered rubbish
- Australian media, US politics and the internet age
- What your bookie is predicting for 2012
- A good news year for climate campaigners
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Personal Finance Daily
JANUARY 06, 2012
Why outlet malls are cheaper
- 10 money-making investment ideas for 2012
- How to find the best deals at outlet malls
- Co-signing a mortgage for a grandchild
- U.S. gains 200,000 jobs in December
- Jobs report, jobless claims tell similar tale
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How to find the best deals at outlet malls
Should you make the trek to the outlet mall? It's not just last year's fashions anymore. Here's how to find the best deals.
Read more: How to find the best deals at outlet malls.
Co-signing a mortgage for a grandchild
Lew Sichelman explains a grandfather's options for helping his granddaughter and her husband obtain a mortgage.
Read more: Co-signing a mortgage for a grandchild.
Gasoline prices start the year with a bang
Gasoline prices at the pump start the year off with a bang — at the highest level ever recorded for the start of a new year, and analysts expect a particularly volatile 2012.
Read more: Gasoline prices start the year with a bang.
The truth about Kim Kardashian's taxes
Californian pressure group makes Kim Kardashian the poster girl for higher taxes. The only problem? They got their facts wrong. But apparently nobody cares.
Read more: The truth about Kim Kardashian's taxes.
10 money-making investment ideas for 2012
As you review your investments, think about how this year might be different from 2011 and ways it could bring more of the same. Tune out the noise, turn on the head lamps, and consider these 10 ways to position your portfolio in 2012.
Read more: 10 money-making investment ideas for 2012.
Fund investors uncork a new year
Already, a chorus of Wall Street pundits and prognosticators is making ominous "Year of Living Dangerously" rattles about 2012. Noise, noise and more noise. Sure, this year will be challenging for investors — what year isn't?
Read more: Fund investors uncork a new year.
Silly politics begs for market discipline
American politics is so filled with nonsense, it is high time we apply some basic market discipline. Americans should be allowed to invest in Romney or Obama futures.
Read more: Silly politics begs for market discipline.
ECONOMY & POLITICS
Jobs report, jobless claims tell similar tale
The week's economic data show improving rates of job creation as well as declining filings of first-time claims for unemployment insurance. But not all the employment data is so rosy. Take a look at the charts.
Read more: Jobs report, jobless claims tell similar tale.
1.36 million full-time workers say economy better
While we have a long way to go before everyone who wants a job has one, it's getting harder to deny that the U.S. labor market is improving.
Read more: 1.36 million full-time workers say economy better.
U.S. gains 200,000 jobs in December
The U.S. added 200,000 jobs in December and the unemployment rate fell for the fourth month in a row, to 8.5%, in a fresh sign the economy is picking up and businesses are more willing to hire, government data showed.
Read more: U.S. gains 200,000 jobs in December.
Jobs data shows healing economy: White House
Economists, Wall Street analysts and lawmakers react to Friday's nonfarm payrolls report, which showed that the U.S. added 200,000 jobs in December and the unemployment rate fell to 8.5%.
Read more: Jobs data shows healing economy.
Key Fed official keeps up housing push
The Federal Reserve keeps up its push for increased steps to lift the struggling housing market, as a key Fed president calls for more mortgage refinancing as well as principal reductions for hard-hit borrowers.
Read more: Key Fed official keeps up housing push.