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US private payrolls growth moderates; productivity falls
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. private employers in April added the fewest number of workers in more than a year, which could heighten worries about the economy's potential to rebound strongly from a first-quarter slump.
Private firms added 169000 jobs in April, missing forecasts  USA TODAY
Private-sector job growth slowed in April to 169000, ADP says  Los Angeles Times
Productivity Fell in First Quarter as U.S. Labor Costs Climbed
Productivity in the U.S. fell in the first quarter, triggering the largest back-to-back decline in more than two decades and pushing up worker costs as the world's largest economy almost stalled.
Worker productivity sees first back-to-back drop since 2006  MarketWatch
US productivity slumps 1.9 percent in Q1, while labor costs rise in sign of ...  Fox News
Whether It's Yellen or Fischer Leading the Fed, a June Rate Hike Is Very Possible
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- The biggest surprise coming out of the Federal Reserve over the next few months might not be a June interest rate hike.
Yellen Says Bank Regulators Making Progress in Reforms  ABC News
Fed Chair Janet Yellen says bank regulators making progress in reforms  DeKalb Daily Chronicle
Alexion Pharma to buy Synageva BioPharma for $8.4 billion
REUTERS - Drugmaker Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc (ALXN.O) said it would buy Synageva BioPharma Corp (GEVA.O) for $8.4 billion at a hefty premium to expand in the lucrative market for drugs that treat rare diseases.
Stocks Fade From Higher Open; Synageva Surges On Buyout News GEVA  Investor's Business Daily
Alexion Pays Hefty $8.4 Billion to Acquire Synageva, Expand Rare Disease ...
EU moves to help tech companies compete with Google, Amazon
The European Union has unveiled a long-term strategy to help its technology companies compete with U.S. giants like Google and Amazon by unifying the continent's digital sector and taking a hard line on abuses by dominant firms.
Europe dreams of closing digital gap with the US  CNNMoney
EU announces raft of plans to strengthen, unify digital market to better ...  Fox Business
Stocks fall as Dow drops 100+; oil rises above $61
Stocks fell for a second straight day Wednesday after an early rally quickly faded and oil prices continued to rise. The Dow Jones industrial average was down more than 100 points, or 0.6% and the Standard & Poor's 500 index dropped 0.4%.
US stocks drop in volatile trade on weak jobs data  GlobalPost
US STOCKS SNAPSHOT-Wall St opens higher as oil prices rise  Reuters UK
Eurozone growth boosted by Spain, Italy
Economic growth in the eurozone eased less sharply than first estimated in April, as pickups in Spain and Italy partly offset slowdowns in Germany and France, according to surveys of purchasing managers.
Mixed signals emerge for eurozone economy  Arizona Daily Star
Survey finds eurozone business activity robust in April  The Missoulian
Wendy's selling 640 restaurants
Wendy's plans to sell 640 restaurants in the U.S. and Canada to generate cash and reduce expenses, the company said Wednesday.
UPDATE 2-Wendy's revamped restaurants drive comparable sales beat  Reuters
Wendy's Q1 Adj. Profit Tops View, But Revenue Miss; Backs 2015 Outlook  RTT News
U.S. Mortgage Delinquencies Fall to Lowest Since 2007
The U.S. mortgage delinquency rate fell to the lowest in almost eight years as the job market strengthened and rising home values gave struggling borrowers a chance to sell.
Mortgage Delinquency Rate Falls to 5.54% in First Quarter  Wall Street Journal
Mortgage Activity Drops As Rates Jump  RTT News
US oil stocks drop for first time since January - EIA
NEW YORK May 6 (Reuters) - U.S. crude stocks fell last week for the first time since the week ending Jan. 2, while gasoline and distillate inventories rose, data from the Energy Information Administration showed on Wednesday.
MarketsOil rallies towards $70 a barrel on stockpile fall  Financial Times
Crude tops $62 for first time since December  MarketWatch