WASHINGTON: U.S. job growth likely picked up in December with wages expected to have increased solidly, which could help to allay a recent upsurge in fears about the economy's health that have roiled financial markets.The Labor Department will publish its closely watched monthly employment report on Friday on the heels of surveys showing sharp declines in consumer confidence and manufacturing activity last month. Both were seen as more red flags that the economic expansion, now in its ninth year and the second longest on record, is losing steam.Nonfarm payrolls probably increased by 177,000 jobs last month, according to a Reuters survey of economists, after rising 155,000 in November. Slow job gains in November were largely blamed on unseasonably chilly temperatures, which stymied hiring at construction sites."This will be good news for otherwise depressed sentiment in the financial markets," said Sung Won Sohn, chief economist at SS Economics in Los Angeles. "There is growing concern … [Read more...] about US job growth likely picked up in December
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By Jessica Menton The Wall Street Journal Wed., Nov. 7, 2018 Here are some of the companies with shares expected to trade actively in Wednesday’s session. Stock movements noted by ticker reflect movements during regular trading hours; premarket trading is specified separately. Zillow Group Inc.—Down 21% premarket: The real-estate listings company’s forecast for the year disappointed investors. Etsy Inc.—Up 12% premarket: The e-commerce site beat Wall Street estimates and raised its outlook. Dean Foods Co.—Down 12% premarket: Dean Foods cut its full-year earnings outlook as it contends with higher plant-consolidation and transportation costs, and competition from private-label brands. Humana Inc.—Up 1.6% premarket: Humana raised its earnings guidance for the full year, boosted by more customers responding to Medicare Advantage offerings. Article Continued Below Dell Technologies Inc.—Up 3.8% premarket: Dell has been … [Read more...] about Stocks to watch: Zillow, Etsy, Match, Papa John’s, Twilio
caption San Francisco is expensive — but it’s also a great place to find a new, well-paying job. source Andrey Bayda/Shutterstock If talk of resolutions and new beginnings is giving you a sense of wanderlust, you’re in luck. There are tons of cities perfect for getting a fresh start and snagging a new, well-paying job. To find the 20 best cities for finding a job in 2018, personal-finance site WalletHub compared 182 of the most populous US cities based on 26 metrics (like job opportunities, employment growth, monthly median salary, unemployment rate, average work and commute time, and housing affordability, among other metrics.) Each metric falls into one of two key dimensions (job market and socioeconomic environment), with greater weight assigned to metrics that fall under the job market category. To read more about the study’s methodology, check out the full report here. Continue scrolling to see the 20 best US cities for finding a job in … [Read more...] about The 20 best US cities for finding a job in 2018
source Matt Cardy/Getty Images For years, credit cards from JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup, and others have offered price protection, a benefit that refunds customers up to $500 if they buy an item and subsequently spot it cheaper somewhere else. Filing a claim was a laborious task, so few people ever did. Apps like Earny have emerged that use bots to automate the price-protection process, connecting with users’ email accounts to monitor purchases and hunt down refunds. Insiders say the rise of these tools and services has led to exponential growth in price-protection claims: “Nobody foresaw the onslaught of claims right now.” Citi recently revealed it would cut back on its price-protection offering, while Chase is planning to eliminate it entirely. Discover, which doesn’t work with apps like Earny, has cut other benefits but is keeping price … [Read more...] about For years, Chase and Citi credit cards offered a generous, under-the-radar benefit that protected customers. And then the bots arrived.
caption Nashville is a hotbed for millennials. source Shutterstock U.S. News released its 2018 best places to live in America ranking. The list was based on factors like cost of living, salary, and job opportunities. We narrowed down the list to find the best places to live where home prices and rent are lower than the national median. The best places to live are the cities where people are happy, job opportunities are abundant, pay is good, and housing is affordable. So says U.S. News & World Report, which recently released its annual ranking of the best places to live in America. To rank the cities, U.S. News considered the job market, value, quality of life, desirability, and net migration of the 125 most populous cities (you can read the full methodology here). Austin, Texas, came out on top for the second consecutive year, while Colorado Springs, Colorado, jumped from No. 11 to take the … [Read more...] about Forget San Francisco and New York: These are the 19 best places to live where the typical home costs less than $260,000 and monthly rent is under $1,000