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Business 06 Nov 2005 | 12:00 AM

U.S. job market blown off balance by Hurricane Katrina

WASHINGTON: The job market is struggling to regain its balance after getting knocked over by Hurricane Katrina. Employers, coping with high energy prices and shaken by two other hurricanes, showed caution in hiring in October.

Business 24 Nov 2005 | 12:00 AM

US jobs picture looking brighter as energy prices fall

WASHINGTON: Falling energy prices have economists believing improvement is on the way for hiring, which has been mired in a hurricane-related lethargy for the last few months.

Business 04 Dec 2005 | 12:00 AM

Tech stocks rise, Nasdaq gains

US technology shares rose on Friday in New York, sending the Nasdaq Composite index to its seventh straight week of gains as investors bought semiconductor shares, including Intel Corp, amid signs of growth in the economy.

Lifestyle 11 Dec 2005 | 12:00 AM

The early years

This story is sent in by ALVIN QUEK.

Business 02 Jan 2006 | 12:00 AM

US workers face tough times as middle-class jobs disappear

Many of the US' manufacturing workers are caught in a worldwide economic shift that is forcing companies to slash payrolls or send jobs elsewhere, leaving workers to wonder if their way of life is disappearing.

Business 08 Jan 2006 | 12:00 AM

Wall Street opens with a bang

Wall Street got off to a strong start in the first week of 2006 as investors set their sights on a shift by the Federal Reserve away from its policy of steady interest rate hikes.

Business 05 Feb 2006 | 12:00 AM

Interest-rate woes down stocks

US stocks declined on Friday, ending the week in negative territory, as a report showing stronger job and wage growth fuelled fears the Federal Reserve would raise interest rates, while disappointing earnings added to investor gloom.

Business 12 Mar 2006 | 12:00 AM

Bond market jitters give pause

Wall Street is struggling to gain traction in the face of bond market jitters, leaving the short-term outlook murky for stocks, analysts say.

Business 09 Apr 2006 | 12:00 AM

Rate jitters linger despite earnings

Wall Street digests its first batch of quarterly earnings reports in the coming week, but jitters about inflation and interest rates are likely to remain a factor, analysts say.

Business 07 May 2006 | 12:00 AM

Jobs report boosts market

Wall Street shares powered to within range of all-time highs Friday after weak April jobs growth raised hopes the Federal Reserve could soon call off its campaign of interest rate hikes.