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Workers' wages up, but slower job growth worries financial markets
American workers have begun to see a notable pickup in their paychecks after years of stagnation, with wages increasing at their fastest rate since the end of the Great Recession.
Fun with numbers: The real story behind the unemployment report  American Thinker (blog)
Obama Celebrates 'Durable Economy' As Unemployment Drops Below 5 Percent  NPR
New York Times  
Global stocks fall after US jobs report muddles Fed outlook
NEW YORK Global stock markets slumped and the U.S. dollar rallied on Friday after a key U.S. jobs report painted a mixed picture of the labor market and left investors with a muddled view on interest rate hike prospects.
Weak Jobs Report Sends Stocks Tumbling  Fortune
So this is what 'full employment' looks like?
Job Market Leaves Fed in Limbo
The U.S. job engine slowed in January while unemployment hit an eight-year low and wage growth accelerated, complicating the outlook for Federal Reserve officials as they assess whether the economy is strong enough for further interest-rate increases.
Fed Can Find Plenty of Positives in Details of Latest Jobs Report  Bloomberg
Conflicting Economic Indicators Challenge Fed's Policy Makers  New York Times
Ponzi Wake Up Call for China and The Rest of Us
Never say never, but the news this past week about a major Chinese Ponzi scheme has a “bound to happen” feel about it. Ponzi finance in China is no small matter, and US investors would be wise to keep it on their radar screens, so that they don't get ...
China calls for crackdown on illegal fundraising platforms  Reuters
Beijing asks local authorities to crack down on illegal fundraising platforms  domain-B
What happens to a tiny town when Walmart disappears?
KIMBALL, W. Va. - To hear Mary Francis Matney tell it, Walmart didn't kill the once-vibrant cluster of shops next to a railroad and a creek in the faded old coal town of Kimball, W. Va.
Wal-Mart's closures leave gaping voids throughout small-town America  Houston Chronicle
1st Global Advisors Inc. Has $334000 Stake in Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (WMT)  Daily Political
Nasdaq hits 15-month low in Friday freefall
Wall Street's short winning streak came to a brutal end Friday as a disappointing jobs report sent stocks skidding and the Nasdaq composite to its lowest level in more than 15 months.
The January Jobs Report Does Not Ensure a March Rate Hike  Nasdaq
This Jobs Report Is Not Enough for a Fed Rate Hike
HEB Ice Cream Recalled for Possible Foreign Material
H-E-B is voluntarily recalling its Caramel Pecan Turtle Ice Cream because it may contain wood pieces. This can cause injuries and can be a choking hazard.
H-E-B issues voluntary recall  Odessa American
H-E-B issues voluntary recall for ice cream flavor
Argentina offers $6.5 billion cash deal to end debt battle
NEW YORK/BUENOS AIRES Argentina offered a $6.5 billion cash payment to creditors suing the country over defaulted bonds on Friday, seeking to end a festering 14-year legal battle that transformed the country into a financial markets pariah.
Argentina in $6.5bn offer to debt holdouts  CNBC
Mediator: 2 of 6 Argentina bondholders agree to settlements  New Jersey Herald
Oil falls in volatile trade ahead of key oil producer meeting
NEW YORK Oil prices ended the week lower in choppy trading on Friday, snapping two weeks of gains, as a frenzy of speculation about a possible deal between top oil producers clashed with concerns about a growing supply glut.
Venezula Oil Minister Heads To Saudi Arabia Sunday As Crude Retreats  Barron's (blog)
Venezuela says meeting with OPEC president 'very productive' (press release) (blog)
Chinese investor group to buy Chicago Stock Exchange
Chicago Stock Exchange Inc, one of the oldest exchanges in the United States, on Friday announced its planned sale to an investor group led by China's Chongqing Casin Enterprise Group.
Obscure Chinese Firm Dives Into $22 Trillion U.S. Market  Bloomberg
Chinese-led investors plan to buy Chicago Stock Exchange  Chicago Sun-Times