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U.S. STOCKS RISE AFTER JOBS REPORT

  • Nonfarm payrolls increased by a seasonally adjusted 151,000 last month.
  • The unemployment rate was 4.9%, the same as in July.
  • Investors largely expect the next U.S. interest-rate rise to take place in December.
  • Oil halted four days of declines as Vladimir Putin said he’d like Russia and OPEC to reach an output freeze.

US FINANCIAL MARKET

Samsung to Recall Galaxy Note 7 Smartphone Over Reports of Fires

  • In one of the biggest global recalls of smartphones, Samsung said it would replace Galaxy Note 7 devices because of reports of battery fires.
  • Samsung said it had shipped 2.5 million units of the Galaxy Note 7 since its launch on Aug. 19.
  • The phone has a suggested retail price of more than $800 in the U.S.

SpaceX Explosion Destroys Facebook Satellite

  • Satellite was part of effort to provide internet access to people in sub-Saharan Africa.

Yum Brands Sells Slice of China Business Ahead of Spinoff

  • KFC, Pizza Hut owner to sell $460 million stake to Chinese deal maker Fred Hu and Alibaba financial affiliate.
  • Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, together with its financial affiliate, has carved out territory in China’s competitive online food-delivery and booking-services market.
  • Alibaba and Ant Financial together made a $1.25 billion bet on food-delivery app Ele.me in April.

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Caterpillar Considers Closure of Belgium Plant

  • The heavy-machinery maker has started a process that may result in the closure of its Gosselies plant and the loss of 2,000 jobs.
  • Caterpillar previously said it would cut an unspecified number of additional jobs later this year on top of the more than 10,000 it had already planned to eliminate through 2018.
  • Caterpillar’s workforce has fallen by 20%, or more than 30,000 jobs, since the end of 2012.

HP Enterprise Seeks Buyer for Software Operations

  • The deal that could be valued at as much as $10 billion, the latest in a series of moves to narrow its focus.
  • The unit being offered for sale makes software to manage business operations.
  • The company plans to keep software businesses associated with pieces of customers’ key technology infrastructure—such as software-defined networking.

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US ECONOMY & POLITICS

U.S. Payroll Growth Slowed in August; Jobless Rate Held Steady

  • Health-care, hospitality sectors added jobs, while manufacturing lost positions.
  • Nonfarm payrolls rose by a seasonally adjusted 151,000 last month.
  • U.S. employers have added jobs at a 182,000 monthly pace so far this year.
  • The unemployment rate, calculated from a separate survey of American households, was 4.9% in August, unchanged from July.
  • Average hourly earnings for private-sector workers rose by 3 cents, or 0.1%, in August from July to $25.73.
  • From a year earlier, average hourly earnings were up 2.4%.
  • The labor-force participation rate held steady at 62.8% in August.
  • The figure has been hovering near the lowest levels in almost 40 years, partly because the Baby-Boom generation is retiring, but also because some younger workers have given up on finding a job.

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U.S. Trade Deficit Narrowed Sharply in July

  • The U.S. trade deficit fell more than expected in July as exports rose to their highest level in 10 months.
  • Trade gap narrowed 11.6% from a month earlier as exports rose to a seasonally adjusted $39.47 billion.
  • The June deficit was revised to $44.66 billion from $44.51 billion.
  • Exports of goods and services rose 1.9 percent in July to $186.3 billion, the highest since September 2015.
  • Exports to the European Union dropped 9.5 percent, with goods shipped to the United Kingdom falling 9.2 percent.
  • Exports to China increased 3.8 percent.
  • Imports of goods and services slipped 0.8 percent to $225.8 billion in July.
  • Imports from China rose 2.4 percent.

US Factory Orders Surged 1.9% in August

  • Following declines of 1.2% and 1.8% in May and June, orders in August had their best gain since October.
  • Orders for core capital goods (nondefense ex-aircraft) were especially strong in July, up 1.5 percent.
  • Aircraft, which is always volatile in this report, is July’s biggest plus, surging 90 percent in the month.
  • But vehicles are a negative in the report, down 0.5 percent.
  • Other negatives include factory shipments which slipped 0.2% and include a 0.5% decline in shipments of core capital goods.
  • Factory inventories are stable and lean, edging 0.1 percent higher in the month to keep the inventory-to-shipments ratio unchanged at 1.35.

U.S. set to approve sales of Boeing fighters to Qatar, Kuwait

  • The United States is poised to sell $7 billion worth of Boeing fighter jets to Qatar and Kuwait after years of delays, and it may start notifying U.S. lawmakers as early as next week.

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EUROPE & WORLD

China launches anti-trust probe into Comcast, DreamWorks deal

  • China’s commerce ministry will launch an anti-monopoly probe into Comcast’s planned purchase of DreamWorks Animation after receiving unspecified complaints that the U.S. media deal could hurt competition in the Chinese market.
  • Comcast, owner of NBCUniversal, said in April it would pay $3.8 billion to buy DreamWorks, the producer of the “Kung Fu Panda” and “Shrek” franchises.
  • China’s film market, the world’s second largest, is a magnet for film producers looking to tap the country’s 1.4 billion people, even though there are signs that stellar box office growth may be starting to slow.

Louis Vuitton targets middle-income shoppers with perfume launch

  • Louis Vuitton has launched its first perfume range since the founding merger of its parent LVMH in 1987.
  • Louis Vuitton’s collection of seven perfumes, with names including “turbulences” and “matiere noire” or “dark matter,” are on sale for around 200 euros ($224) for a 100 ml bottle.
  • Until now, shoppers on more modest incomes have only been catered for by Louis Vuitton’s key chains and very small leather goods, costing around 200-300 euros apiece.

Russia aiming for over $11 billion from Rosneft stake sale

  • On Friday, Economy Minister Alexei Ulyukayev said his ministry had received documents needed to kick start the sale of 19.5 percent in Rosneft, including a valuation and proposals on terms of sale.

Japan may invest $10 billion in Russian oil firm Rosneft: Nikkei

  • Japan will propose a broad cooperation in the energy sector with Russia that could include a nearly $10 billion investment in Russian state-owned oil giant Rosneft.

Japan asks European aviation agency to ensure safety of Rolls-Royce 787 engines

  • Japan has asked the European Aviation Safety Agency to ensure a problem with Rolls-Royce engines powering Boeing 787 Dreamliners does not repeat to cause flight disruptions or affect safety.
  • Since February, three ANA flights have experienced engine trouble, once on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Tokyo, a second time in March on a jet traveling to Vietnam and most recently on a domestic route in August.
  • Of around 450 Dreamliners in operation worldwide, two fifths use the Rolls-Royce engines.

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TODAY in HISTORY

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The great fire of London broke out, destroying much of the city, including St. Paul’s Cathedral (1666)

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The U.S. Treasury Department was established (1789)

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