Gold prices rose the most two weeks after U.S. employers added fewer workers than forecast last month, increasing pressure on the Federal Reserve to maintain lower interest rates.
U.S. stock futures pared losses and bond prices rose Friday after a weaker-than-expected jobs report eased some worries that accelerating growth could pressure the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates earlier than expected.
U.S. consumer spending rose at the fastest pace in three months in June, providing momentum for the economy going into the second half of the year.
Chrysler Group LLC's and Nissan Motor Co. reported U.S. sales for July that rose less than estimates as analysts predicted a strong month for the industry.
Scientific Games Corp. (SGMS) agreed to acquire Bally Technologies Inc. (BYI) for about $3.3 billion, excluding net debt, buying up a bigger rival as consolidation in the slot-machine industry accelerates.