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1. US added just 151K jobs in Jan.; unemployment at 4.9 pct. -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy added 151,000 jobs in January, a slowdown from recent months but still a sign of a solid job market. Employers raised pay, more people felt confident enough to look for work and the unemployment rate dipped to 4.9 percent, its lowest level since 2008.

2. Average long-term US mortgage rate falls fifth straight week -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell for the fifth straight week amid volatility in world financial markets.

Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac says the average rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage slid to 3.72 percent this week, down from 3.79 percent last week and the lowest since it averaged 3.68 percent in April 2015.

3. Average long-term US mortgage rate falls fifth straight week -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell for the fifth straight week amid volatility in world financial markets.

Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac says the average rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage slid to 3.72 percent this week, down from 3.79 percent last week and the lowest since it averaged 3.68 percent in April 2015.

4. US productivity fell at sharp 3 percent rate in Q4 -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. productivity fell sharply in the final three months of 2015, closing out a fifth straight year of weak gains in worker efficiency.

The Labor Department said Thursday that productivity — the amount of output per hour of work — fell at an annual rate of 3 percent in the fourth quarter. It was the biggest quarterly decline in nearly two years.

5. US stocks move higher in early trading; crude oil recovers -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are moving higher in early trading, adding to their gains from a day earlier. Oil companies rose more than the rest of the market as the price of crude continued to recover. The dollar continued to fall against other currencies. Investors are preparing for Friday's U.S. monthly jobs report, which could go a long way to determining whether the Federal Reserve raises interest rates again next month.

6. Stocks sink, weighed down by another drop in price of oil -

NEW YORK (AP) — Another steep drop in the price of oil weighed on global markets Tuesday. Investors remained deeply concerned about the global economy following this week's disappointing Chinese and U.S. manufacturing data.

7. Vice chair: Global concerns led Fed to keep rates unchanged -

WASHINGTON (AP) — A top Federal Reserve official said Monday that increased concerns about the global economic outlook led the central bank to leave a key interest rate unchanged last week.

Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer said persistent declines in the price of oil and other commodities and developments in China appear to have triggered increased volatility in global financial markets.

8. US consumer spending flat, savings rate at 3-year high -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumers kept their spending flat in December and instead boosted their savings rate to the highest level in three years.

Consumer spending was unchanged in December after rising 0.5 percent in November, the Commerce Department reported Monday. Incomes increased 0.3 percent, matching November's gain.

9. US paychecks show little sign of accelerating in 4th quarter -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. paychecks increased moderately in the final three months of last year, yet the gain was little changed from the sluggish post-recession trend.

The employment cost index, which tracks wages and benefits, rose 0.6 percent in the October-December quarter, the Labor Department said. That's the same as the previous three months.

10. US economy is expected to strengthen after weak 4th quarter -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy struggled to grow in the October-December quarter as consumer spending, business investment and exports slowed. Yet despite global weakness and shrunken oil and stock prices, many economists expect growth to accelerate on the strength of healthy job gains.

11. Fewer people seek US jobless aid, sign of stable job market -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking unemployment benefits fell last week, a sign that employers aren't cutting jobs in response to global economic weakness and sharp stock market drops.

THE NUMBERS: Weekly applications for unemployment benefits fell 16,000 to a seasonally adjusted 278,000. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, dropped 2,250 to 283,000.

12. Average US rate on 30-year mortgage falls to 3.79 percent -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell this week for a fourth straight week amid persisting turmoil in stock markets and global economic worries.

Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday the average rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage slipped to 3.79 percent from 3.81 percent a week earlier. That means it stays below the symbolically significant 4 percent level. The rate has increased from its 3.66 percent average a year ago but remains well below its historic average of 6 percent.

13. Fewer people seek US jobless aid, sign of stable job market -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking unemployment benefits fell last week, a sign that employers aren't cutting jobs in response to global economic weakness and sharp stock market drops.

14. Patterson welcomes Bowers as COO -

Patterson Intellectual Property Law, P.C. has added John D. Bowers as chief operating officer, replacing longtime COO Jim Roberts, who is retiring.

Most recently, Bowers was assistant director of business development at Fox Rothschild LLP in Princeton, New Jersey, where he oversaw marketing and business development projects for more than 150 attorneys.

15. Fed voices concern about global economic pressures -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve sounded a note of concern Wednesday about how global pressures could affect the U.S. economy, while keeping a key interest rate unchanged.

Six weeks after it raised rates from record lows, the Fed took stock of a more perilous international picture that could alter its plans for further raising rates. The statement it issued after its latest policy meeting signaled that the Fed could slow future rate hikes if financial market losses and global weakness don't abate.

16. Stock market skids after cautious comments from the Fed -

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks sank Wednesday after the Federal Reserve gave a cautious assessment of the global economy and said growth in the U.S. has slowed down.

The statement from the Fed smothered a small rally in stocks earlier in the day. In addition to lowering its view of the U.S. economy, the Fed didn't say if it will respond to those and other concerns by slowing down its planned increases in interest rates.

17. American consumers showing more confidence in economy -

WASHINGTON (AP) — A strong job market and low gasoline prices helped boost U.S. consumer confidence again this month.

The Conference Board on Tuesday said that its consumer confidence index rose to 98.1 in January from 96.3 in December, the second straight monthly gain. The business research group said Americans were more confident about the future, though their assessment of current economic conditions was unchanged from December.

18. Obama to focus on expanding access to retirement accounts -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will pitch some new proposals to expand access to retirement savings accounts and revisit some old ones when issuing his budget next month.

Many Americans are not well prepared for retirement, with nearly one in three yet to retire having any savings or pension available for their later years, according to a Federal Reserve report.

19. Stock rise, driven by a turn higher in crude oil prices -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks jumped Tuesday as the price of oil made another abrupt reversal, this time rising almost 4 percent after falling sharply the day before.

Energy stocks climbed along with the price of oil, and Chevron and Exxon Mobil made major gains. Strong fourth-quarter results from beleaguered wireless provider Sprint gave telecom stocks a boost. Quarterly earnings also sent several stocks higher, including Post-it Notes maker 3M, Procter & Gamble, which makes Crest toothpaste, and luxury handbag maker Coach.

20. A month after raising rates, Fed faces darker global economy -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Since the Federal Reserve raised interest rates from record lows last month, the global picture has darkened. Stock markets have plunged. Oil prices have skidded. China's leaders have struggled to steer the world's second-biggest economy.

21. Business economists expect slower sales, economic growth -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Business economists are more pessimistic about their firms' future sales and profits than they were last fall, and more predict slower economic growth, a survey found.

At the same time, a majority of economists surveyed by the National Association for Business Economics said their firms plan to raise wages in the January-March quarter. That is the largest proportion that expects to raise pay since mid-2014.

22. ECB holds out chance of more stimulus at March meeting -

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) â?? European Central Bank head Mario Draghi let rattled investors know Thursday that the bank is poised to take action as soon as its next monetary policy meeting in March if plunging oil prices and the market turmoil threaten the economy.

23. Cheap oil, good for consumers, is slamming stocks. Why? -

NEW YORK (AP) — Wall Street is drowning in oil. Stocks are having their worst start to a year in history in part because of a rapid plunge in the price of oil.

The price of crude is down 28 percent this year already, which in turn has dragged down energy company shares in the Standard & Poor's 500 index by 13 percent, which has helped pull the overall index down 9 percent.

24. Waller elects 6 new partners in Nashville -

Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP has elected six new partners from the firm’s Nashville office, Nate Bailey, Steven E. Blumenthal, Todd R. Hambidge, Michael T. Harmon, Aron Z. Karabel and Trevor Sava.

25. US consumer prices fell 0.1 percent in December -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer prices fell in December and rose by the smallest amount in seven years in 2015, reflecting the toll of slumping energy costs.

Consumer prices slipped 0.1 percent last month after a flat reading in November, the Labor Department reported Wednesday.

26. Stocks slide as oil tumbles, S&P lowest in almost 2 years -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks slumped Wednesday as the price of oil suffered its worst one-day drop since September, and the Standard & Poor's 500 index fell to its lowest level in almost two years.

27. IMF downgrades outlook for world economy again -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The International Monetary cut its forecast for global and U.S. economic growth in 2016

Citing weakness in the developing world, the IMF said Tuesday that the world economy will grow 3.4 percent, down from an October forecast of 3.6 percent. The international lending agency downgraded the outlook for developing economies to 4.3 percent growth from a forecast of 4.5 percent in October.

28. US producer prices dipped 0.2 percent in December -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. producer prices fell slightly in December, reflecting a big drop in energy prices. The decline capped a year in which prices at the wholesale level fell, underscoring the continued absence of inflationary pressures.

29. No great places to shelter from this market turmoil -

NEW YORK (AP) — Stock prices are crumbling around the world, but the usual place for investors to go for safety, bonds, can't provide as much cover as usual.

Bonds are still doing their job this year as investors' best friends during a downturn: They're holding up better than stocks, cushioning the blow for balanced investors. High-quality, investment-grade U.S. bonds have returned 0.9 percent through Wednesday, while the Standard & Poor's 500 index has lost 7.4 percent on worries about the strength of the global economy.

30. Fed says economy expanded somewhat in 9 of 12 districts -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve says the economy expanded across most of the United States in December and early January.

The Fed says in its latest snapshot of the economy that most of its 12 regional bank reported steady growth. The Atlanta and San Francisco banks described growth as "moderate." The Philadelphia, Cleveland, Richmond, Chicago, St. Louis, Minneapolis and Dallas banks called the economy's expansion "modest."

31. Oil keeps falling. And falling. How low can it go? -

DALLAS (AP) — The price of oil keeps falling. And falling. And falling. It has to stop somewhere, right?

Even after trending down for a year and a half, U.S. crude has fallen another 17 percent since the start of the year and is now probing depths not seen since 2003.

32. Obama reaches for upbeat outlook in final State of the Union -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will deliver a final State of the Union address Tuesday brimming with optimism — far more than most Americans possess.

After six years of pitching ambitious proposals in his annual speech to Congress, Obama plans to take a rhetorical step back this year as he opens the final stretch of his presidency, in which he has less control over the nation's political agenda than ever before. By returning to the hopeful tenor of his two presidential campaigns, Obama also hopes to give voice to themes that Democrats can embrace in their campaigns to replace him and win back control of Congress.

33. State of union in 2016: Strong job market, middling economy -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama delivers his final State of the Union address on Tuesday night to a nation whose economy is far sturdier than it was when he took office in 2009.

Yet as 2016 begins, the stout job market is accompanied by tepid economic growth and stubbornly flat wages. More broadly, two things are on the rise, to the president's dismay: global temperatures and Americans' concerns about terrorism.

34. Markets to face slowing company profits after China tumult -

NEW YORK (AP) — Tumult in China triggered the worst opening week for U.S. stocks in history, and this week investors could get plenty more to worry about.

Profits are expected to drop at U.S. companies.

35. US employers hire at blistering pace, defying global trends -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy is motoring ahead despite slowing global growth that caused upheavals in financial markets around the world this week.

Employers added a robust 292,000 jobs last month, and the unemployment rate stayed low at 5 percent, the Labor Department said Friday. Job gains in the October-December quarter averaged 284,000, the best three-month increase since last January.

36. Average US rate on 30-year mortgage slips to 3.97 percent -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates were mixed this week, with the key 30-year rate slipping back under the 4 percent mark.

Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday the average rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage declined to 3.97 percent from 4.01 percent a week earlier. That rate has risen from its 3.73 percent average a year ago. Still, borrowing costs are well below the historic average of 6 percent for a 30-year loan.

37. Average US rate on 30-year mortgage slips to 3.97 percent -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates were mixed this week, with the key 30-year rate slipping back under the 4 percent mark.

Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac says the average rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage declined to 3.97 percent from 4.01 percent a week earlier. That rate has risen from its 3.73 percent average a year ago. Still, borrowing costs are well below the historic average of 6 percent for a 30-year loan.

38. World Bank downgrades global economic forecast for 2016 -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The World Bank has cut its forecast for global growth this year given weakness in the developing world.

39. Fed minutes: Some saw December rate hike as 'close call' -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite the Federal Reserve's unanimous vote to raise a key interest rate last month, some policymakers viewed their decision as a "close call" because of stubbornly low inflation.

40. US factory orders dipped 0.2 percent in November -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Orders to U.S. factories declined in November for the third time in the past four months. A key category that tracks business investment fell as well.

Factory orders dipped 0.2 percent in November after a 1.3 percent increase in October, the Commerce Department said Wednesday. A closely watched category that serves as a proxy for business investment plans fell 0.3 percent.

41. US auto sales expected to hit an all-time high in 2015; Nissan up 19% in December -

DETROIT (AP) — Americans are buying more new cars than ever before. U.S. auto sales were expected to reach a record high of 17.47 million in 2015, topping the old record of 17.35 million set in 2000.

42. Vote to repeal Obama's health law marks testy start to 2016 -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Legislation repealing President Barack Obama's health care law comes to the forefront when the House reconvenes this week, marking a sharply partisan start to a congressional year in which legislating may take a back seat to politics.

43. A breakdown of the S&P 500's sectors in 2015 -

NEW YORK (AP) — While the Standard & Poor's index is finishing 2015 around where it started, the index has been sharply divided between winners and losers. Four of the index's 10 sectors rose, while energy and five others lost ground.

44. US stocks are ending 2015 mostly flat, capping volatile year -

The U.S. stock market took investors for a wild ride in 2015, but in the end it was a trip to nowhere.

Despite veering between record highs and the steepest dive in four years, the stock market is on track to end the year essentially flat. That means if you invested in a fund that tracks the Standard & Poor's 500 index, you have little to show for the past 12 months.

45. Average US rate on 30-year mortgages rises to 4.01 percent -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates crossed the 4 percent mark this week, a slight increase in the wake of the Federal Reserve decision this month to hike a key short-term interest rate.

46. Average US rate on 30-year mortgages rises to 4.01 percent -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates crossed the 4 percent mark this week, a slight increase in the wake of the Federal Reserve decision this month to hike a key short-term interest rate.

47. US stocks are ending 2015 mostly flat, capping volatile year -

The stock market took investors for a wild ride in 2015, but in the end it was a trip to nowhere.

Despite veering between record highs and the steepest dive in four years, the stock market is on track to end the year essentially flat. That means if you invested in a fund that tracks the Standard & Poor's 500 index, you have little to show for the past 12 months.

48. US home prices climb in October, helped by solid job market -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Steady job growth, low mortgage rates and tight inventories helped fuel rising U.S. home prices in October.

The Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index rose 5.5 percent in the 12 months ending in October, up from a 5.4 percent pace in September, according to a report released Thursday.

49. Deadly shooting in Chattanooga voted top story of 2015 -

NASHVILLE (AP) - The fatal shooting of four Marines and a sailor in Chattanooga has been voted the top Tennessee news story of 2015.

Muhammad Abdulazeez, a 24-year-old naturalized U.S. citizen, opened fire on a recruiting center and a reserve facility on July 16. The FBI recently described the attack as an act "inspired and motivated by foreign terrorist propaganda."

50. Defying Fed hike, 30-year mortgage rate slips to 3.96 pct. -

WASHINGTON (AP) — What Fed rate hike?

One week after the Federal Reserve raised short-term interest rates slightly from record lows, the average on a 30-year fixed mortgage went the other way: It dipped to 3.96 percent from 3.97 percent last week, mortgage giant Freddie Mac said Thursday.

51. Defying Fed hike, 30-year mortgage rate slips to 3.96 pct. -

WASHINGTON (AP) — What Fed rate hike?

One week after the Federal Reserve raised short-term interest rates from record lows, the average on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage went the other way: It dipped to 3.96 percent from 3.97 percent last week, mortgage giant Freddie Mac says.

52. US new-home sales rose in November after weak October -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans appear less inclined to buy new homes as the year ends. Sales improved in November only because fewer people bought new homes in October than initially reported.

The Commerce Department said Wednesday that new-home sales rose 4.3 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 490,000. But that increase was made possible mainly because the sales rate for October was revised sharply down to 470,000 from 495,000.

53. US consumer confidence rose in December to 5-month high -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer sentiment rose in December to its highest level since July, lifted in part by low inflation, which has boosted Americans' purchasing power.

The University of Michigan's consumer sentiment index rose to 92.6 from 91.3 in November. That's just below this year's average of 92.9, the highest annual average in 11 years.

54. Orders for US durable goods unchanged in November -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Factory orders for long-lasting goods such as autos, airplanes and electronics were flat in November, as the impact of a strong dollar and struggling global economy weigh on U.S. manufacturers.

55. US consumer spending and incomes up in November -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer spending rebounded in November after a weak showing in October, while a key inflation gauge posted the fastest year-over-year increase in 11 months.

Spending increased 0.3 percent in November after an essentially flat reading in October and a 0.2 percent gain in September, the Commerce Department said Wednesday. Personal income rose a solid 0.3 percent in November, reflecting solid gains in wages and salaries, after a 0.4 percent October increase.

56. Expect less and buy antacid: 2016 investment forecasts -

NEW YORK (AP) — Investing is becoming more of a grind. Expect it to stay that way.

Analysts, mutual-fund managers and other forecasters are telling investors to expect lower returns from stocks and bonds in 2016 than in past years. They're also predicting more severe swings in prices. Remember that 10 percent drop for stocks that freaked investors out in August? It likely won't take another four years for the next one.

57. US economy grew at 2 percent annual rate in third quarter -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy grew at a slightly slower pace over the summer than the government had previously estimated. Most economists foresee a slight acceleration in the current quarter and stronger growth in the first half of 2016.

58. US stocks slightly higher as price of crude oil stabilizes -

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks rose for a second day on Tuesday, helped by a stabilization in crude oil prices. Chipotle Mexican Grill fell on more worries about the safety of its food.

The Dow Jones industrial average rose 165.65 points, or 1 percent, to 17,417.27. The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose 17.82 points, or 0.9 percent, to 2,038.97 and the Nasdaq composite rose 32.19 points, or 0.7 percent, to 5,001.11.

59. US stocks post modest gain in light trading -

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks posted moderate gains in a quiet trading day Monday, recovering part of their losses sustained late last week. Energy stocks continued to be a drag on the market, as the price of oil fell once again.

60. US spending bill may aid economy just as Fed is pulling back -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Just as the Federal Reserve is pulling back slightly on the economic accelerator, Congress is pressing down a bit harder.

The spending and tax-cut package that Congress approved Friday stands to modestly boost growth next year. It could also help drive a shift away from government as a drag on economic growth to a source of potential stimulus.

61. Average US rate on 30-year mortgages rises to 3.97 percent -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates rose slightly this week in the days before the Federal Reserve announced a historic increase in its key short-term interest rate.

Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday the average rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage edged up to 3.97 percent from 3.95 percent a week earlier. The average rate on 15-year fixed-rate mortgages increased to 3.22 percent from 3.19 percent.

62. US stocks tumble on global worries; financial stocks skid -

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks plunged across all sectors in the heaviest trading of the year Friday as enthusiasm over a long-awaited increase in U.S. interest rates faded.

Several other negative factors combined to give the market its second big loss in a row, bringing the indexes lower for the week.

63. Average US rate on 30-year mortgages rises to 3.97 percent -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates rose slightly this week in the days before the Federal Reserve announced a historic increase in its key short-term interest rate.

Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday the average rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage edged up to 3.97 percent from 3.95 percent a week earlier. The average rate on 15-year fixed-rate mortgages increased to 3.22 percent from 3.19 percent.

64. Fewer Americans filed for unemployment aid last week -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer Americans applied for unemployment claims last week, another sign of strength in the job market.

THE NUMBERS: Weekly applications for unemployment benefits fell 11,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 271,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. The less volatile 4-week average was essentially unchanged at 271,000.

65. Mining companies lead stocks lower in midday trading -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are sliding at midday Thursday after a big rally the day before. Mining companies fell along with the price of gold and copper, while a proposed Congressional budget deal sent solar power companies higher. Indexes jumped Wednesday after the Federal Reserve raised interest rates for the first time in nearly a decade.

66. Buying a car? A home? Fed rate hike shouldn't matter much -

WASHINGTON (AP) — For anyone considering whether to buy a home or car, the Federal Reserve's interest rate increase Wednesday shouldn't make much difference.

The rates that most people pay for mortgages, auto loans or college tuition aren't expected to jump anytime soon. The Fed's benchmark interest rate has limited influence on those things.

67. US industrial production registers worst month since 2012 -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. industrial output fell for the third straight month in November, another sign that American manufacturers are under stress.

American industrial production dropped 0.6 percent last month, the Federal Reserve said Wednesday. It was the biggest drop since March 2012. Manufacturing output was flat after expanding 0.3 percent in October.

68. Stocks jump after Fed finally raises interest rates -

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks climbed Wednesday after the Federal Reserve raised interest rates, a long-expected vote of confidence in the U.S. economy. At the same time investors were encouraged that the Fed emphasized that further increases will be gradual.

69. Fed finally lifts key interest rate from near zero -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve is raising interest rates from record lows set at the depths of the 2008 financial crisis, a shift that heralds modestly higher rates on some loans.

The Fed coupled its first rate hike in nine years with a signal that further increases will likely be made slowly as the economy strengthens further and inflation rises from undesirably low levels.

70. Stocks post biggest gain in a week, led by energy and banks -

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks posted their biggest gains in more than a week Tuesday, led by rising energy companies and banks.

The market was higher all day, building on a late gain the day before. The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose for the second day in a row, something that hadn't happened since early November. Energy stocks rose as the price of crude oil jumped 3 percent, and banks moved higher a day ahead of an expected rate increase by the Federal Reserve.

71. Fear and loaning: Investors are running from junk bonds -

NEW YORK (AP) — The junk-bond market has something to really fear: fear itself.

Investors are rushing out of junk bonds, spooked by last week's closure of a mutual fund focused on some of the lowest-quality, highest-yielding bonds. The shutdown comes on top of fears that a spike in bond defaults is coming, and it's led investors to rush for the exits in a corner of the market that generally doesn't handle such things well.

72. Average US rate on 30-year mortgages rises to 3.95 percent -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates edged higher this week following three straight weeks of declines, amid expectations that the Federal Reserve will raise its key short-term interest rate next week.

73. US household wealth in Q3 fell for first time in 4 years -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The stock market's sharp decline in August and September took its toll on Americans' finances in the third quarter. Household net worth fell for the first time in four years.

74. US household wealth in Q3 fell for first time in 4 years -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The stock market's sharp decline in August and September took its toll on Americans' finances in the third quarter. Household net worth fell for the first time in four years.

The Federal Reserve says Americans' stock and mutual fund portfolios plunged $2.3 trillion in the July-September quarter. That far outweighed a $482 billion increase in home values. Overall, household net worth fell to $85.2 trillion from $86.4 trillion in the second quarter.

75. Average US rate on 30-year mortgages rises to 3.95 percent -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates edged higher this week following three straight weeks of declines, amid expectations that the Federal Reserve will raise its key short-term interest rate next week.

76. Energy stocks, beaten down all week, lead a market rebound -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are broadly higher in afternoon trading Thursday following a three-day losing streak. Energy companies climbed after being beaten down over the past several days. Eight of the 10 sectors of the Standard and Poor's 500 index rose.

77. US job openings slip in October; hiring, quits rise -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers advertised fewer jobs in October, though overall hiring picked up and quits rose slightly, adding to evidence the job market is slowly improving.

The number of job postings fell 2.7 percent to a still-healthy 5.4 million in October compared with the previous month, the Labor Department said Tuesday. That is not far from July's record high of 5.7 million.

78. US consumer credit rises $16 billion in October -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumers borrowed more heavily for auto and student loans in October, taking out debt that helps them find jobs and commute to work.

The Federal Reserve said Monday that consumer borrowing rose $16 billion in October to $3.5 trillion. But the pace of borrowing decelerated sharply from the $28.5 billion increase in September.

79. Another month of solid US hiring clears way for Fed hike -

WASHINGTON (AP) — If the Federal Reserve needed any final evidence that the economy is ready for higher interest rates, it got it on Friday.

A solid November job gain of 211,000 showed that despite weak overseas growth and struggling U.S. factories, the U.S. economy appears healthy enough to withstand a Fed hike from record-low rates later this month.

80. House overwhelmingly backs 5-year transportation bill -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House on Thursday overwhelmingly approved a 5-year, $305 billion bill that boosts highway and transit spending and assures states that federal help will be available for major projects. Senate approval was expected to follow later in the day.

81. Strong job gains send US stock market sharply higher -

NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market had its biggest gain since September after the U.S. government reported another solid month of job gains.

The encouraging news on the economy Friday paved the way for the Federal Reserve to begin nudging interest rates back toward normal levels at its policy meeting later this month.

82. Yellen signals growing likelihood of a December rate hike -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen told Congress Thursday that economic conditions appear to be improving enough for policymakers to raise interest rates when they meet in two weeks — as long as there are no major shocks that undermine confidence.

83. Average US rate on 30-year mortgages slips to 3.93 percent -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates edged lower this week for a third straight week.

Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday the average rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage slipped to 3.93 percent from 3.95 percent a week earlier. The average rate on 15-year fixed-rate mortgages eased to 3.16 percent from 3.18 percent.

84. Average US rate on 30-year mortgages slips to 3.93 percent -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates edged lower this week for a third straight week.

Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac says the average rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage slipped to 3.93 percent from 3.95 percent a week earlier. The average rate on 15-year fixed-rate mortgages eased to 3.16 percent from 3.18 percent.

85. Yellen signals growing likelihood of a December rate hike -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen tells Congress that economic conditions are falling into place for policymakers to raise interest rates when they meet in two weeks — as long as there are no major shocks that undermine her confidence.

86. US, European stocks fall as ECB falls short of expectations -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks edged lower and European markets fell sharply Thursday after the European Central Bank announced stimulus plans that were less aggressive than investors were expecting.

87. ECB expands stimulus, but not as much as expected -

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The European Central Bank cut a key interest rate and extended its stimulus program to bolster the 19-country eurozone economy — but the actions underwhelmed investors, who pushed stocks sharply lower.

88. Fed says more consumer spending, housing boost US growth -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve says the U.S. economy grew at a modest pace this fall, lifted by higher consumer spending and more home sales and construction.

The Fed said Wednesday in its latest snapshot of the economy that nine of its 12 regional banks reported growth was modest or moderate from early October through mid-November. The New York Fed said growth leveled off, while it slowed in Boston and was mixed in Kansas City.

89. Yellen says economy on track ahead of expected rate hike -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen on Wednesday indicated that the U.S. economy is on track for an interest rate hike this month, but she said the Fed will need to review incoming data before making a final decision.

90. Survey: US businesses hired at healthy pace last month -

WASHINGTON (AP) — American businesses stepped up hiring last month, led by strong gains in retail, finance and other service industries, a private survey found.

Payroll processor ADP said Wednesday that companies added 217,000 jobs last month, the most in five months. Service sector firms added 204,000, while manufacturers hired just 6,000.

91. US productivity grows at 2.2 percent rate in third quarter -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. productivity this summer grew at a faster rate than first thought, though it still lagged the pace set in the spring. Labor costs were also revised up, but the modest upward pace does not raise concerns about inflation.

92. A slump in the price of crude oil sinks energy stocks -

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks sank Wednesday as a sharp drop in the price of oil dragged down energy companies. U.S. crude closed below $40 a barrel for the first time since August.

Investors continue to weigh the implications of potential changes in interest rate policy around the world. The European Central Bank meets Thursday to discuss increasing its stimulus program, and the Federal Reserve is likely to raise rates for the first time in nine years at its next policy meeting in mid-December.

93. US factory activity drops in November; first decline in 3 years -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. factory activity plummeted last month to the lowest level in more than six years, with a stronger dollar and low oil prices cutting new orders and hurting production.

The Institute for Supply Management said Tuesday that its index of factory activity in November dropped to 48.6 from 50.1 in October. Any reading below 50 signals contraction and the index has tumbled below that critical level for the first time since November 2012.

94. Stocks advance in solid start to December trading -

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks started off December on a strong note, helped by improving economic data from Japan and Europe as well as hopes that the European Central Bank will expand its stimulus program. Trading remained relatively quiet ahead of the release later this week of the U.S. government's monthly jobs survey and a Federal Reserve meeting later this month.

95. McCarthy predicts no gov't shutdown over Planned Parenthood -

WASHINGTON (AP) — A top House leader predicted Monday that Washington will avoid stumbling into a government shutdown next week over a tea party-backed drive to take away Planned Parenthood's funding.

96. Fed moves to bar bailouts of failing firms -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve officials have moved to prevent the central bank from bailing out failing companies, a power it exercised during the 2008 financial crisis.

The Fed governors voted 5-0 Monday at a public meeting to downsize the Fed's emergency lending powers.

97. Congress returns to looming deadlines on budget, highways -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers are returning to Capitol Hill to wrap up work on the budget, highway spending and taxes, an end-of-the-year stretch that will test the standing of Republican leaders like House Speaker Paul Ryan with the GOP's tea party wing and its anti-establishment presidential candidates.

98. Signs of weak holiday spending send retail stocks lower -

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks closed modestly lower on Monday, as traders returned from the Thanksgiving holiday to focus on the early signs of how the holiday shopping season may turn out and where interest rates may go in the U.S. and Europe.

99. US new-home sales rebound in October after September plummet -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sales of new homes recovered in October after suffering a steep drop in September, returning to this year's trend of an improving market for real estate developers and builders.

The Commerce Department said Wednesday that new-home sales climbed 10.7 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 495,000. This rebound followed a 12.9 percent plunge in the sales rate during September.

100. Average US rate on 30-year mortgage slides to 3.95 percent -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates slipped this week after they climbed recently expectations that the Federal Reserve may soon raise its key short-term interest rate.

Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Wednesday the average rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage slipped to 3.95 percent from 3.97 percent a week earlier. The key 30-year rate was nearly unchanged from its level of a year ago, 3.97 percent. But the average has increased over the past months from 3.76 at the end of October.