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Business Today: U.S. payrolls rise solidly, unemployment falls to 5.6 percent

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U.S. payrolls rise solidly, unemployment falls to 5.6 percent
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. job growth increased briskly in December, further strengthening the economy's fundamentals and opening the door wider to an interest rate increase from the Federal Reserve this year despite a gloomy world economy.
Futures dip after two-day run, ahead of payrolls
NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures were lower on Friday, after a two-day rally in equities put the S&P 500 back in positive territory for the new year and ahead of a key report on the labor market.
Traders see Fed starting to raising rates in September
(Reuters) - U.S. short-term interest-rate futures contracts rose Friday after a government report showed U.S. employers added more jobs than expected last month, but wage growth lagged.
Oil heads for seventh weekly loss as supply glut drags
LONDON (Reuters) - Oil prices headed for a seventh straight weekly loss on Friday, with key producers showing no sign of cutting output in the face of a global supply glut.
ECB looking at risk-sharing mix for QE plan: sources
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - The European Central Bank is considering a dual approach to government bond purchases which would involve both it buying debt and sharing the risk across the euro zone and, in a nod to German qualms, separate purchases by national central banks.
BMW keeps luxury sales crown, beats rivals in December
BERLIN (Reuters) - BMW outsold Audi and Mercedes-Benz in December to round off a 10th year as global luxury car-sales champion but its two German rivals have reduced its advantage.
Tycoon Li Ka-shing to revamp empire to address valuation discount
HONG KONG (Reuters) - Asia's richest man, Li Ka-shing, is restructuring his business empire to create two listed companies, one focusing on property and the other on telecoms, retail and energy, in a bid to boost their value and attract more investors.
China central bank to maintain 'prudent' monetary policy in 2015
BEIJING (Reuters) - The People's Bank of China will continue to maintain "prudent" monetary policy in 2015, keeping credit growth stable while having its hands free to fine-tune policy when necessary, the regulator said in an online statement on Friday.
Starbucks' COO Alstead taking 'extended unpaid leave'
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Starbucks Corp on Thursday said Chief Operating Officer Troy Alstead, who as finance chief helped lead the coffee chain's extensive restructuring a few years ago, is taking an extended unpaid leave to spend more time with his family.
Monte dei Paschi says ECB asking for 14.3 percent core capital level
MILAN/ROME (Reuters) - The European Central Bank (ECB) has asked Monte dei Paschi di Siena to raise its core capital level to 14.3 percent as it sets new, tougher requirements for riskier lenders to bolster their financial strength.
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