If the US economy created fewer than 165,000 jobs in March, it is in danger of falling into a second recession.
Earnings are up, but revenue is less than expected. European debt worries weigh on stocks. Nvidia settles a fight with Intel for $1.5 billion. Playboy will go private.
But stocks come back from a midday sell-off. December payrolls increased by 103,000 -- less than expected. Gold falls for the fourth day in a row. The dollar is up against the euro.
The markets turn lower as unemployment -- at its lowest level since May 2009 -- misses expectations. The Fed chief sees more slow job growth ahead. Gold slides as the dollar gains.
Merchants report disappointing numbers after a storm-beaten holiday season. First-time unemployment claims increase more than forecast. BP's shares rise after an oil-spill report spreads the blame.
US companies expand their workforces far more than expected. Qualcomm will buy Atheros for $3.2 billion. A gauge of service-sector activity rises in December.
Prices rally on weaker-than-expected employment growth and an uptick in the unemployment rate.
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