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Employment Push to US Economy? 195,000 jobs added

Good news for the US economy!! About 195,000 full bodied jobs have been introduced by U.S. Employers in June. The generous employers had added many more jobs in April and May as well. This upsurge in job growth indicates the days for a thriving and booming U.S. economy may have arrived.

US, Europe stocks slide on Greece default fears

Stock markets took a beating worldwide Friday after disagreement over handling Europe's debt crisis scared investors into divesting risky assets.

VirnetX Shares Popped: What You Need to Know

 Although we don't believe in timing the market or panicking over market movements, we do like to keep an eye on big changes -- just in case they're material to our investing thesis.

Crude oil prices top $85 per barrel

New York -- Crude oil prices rose in early trading Monday, climbing above $85 per barrel as stock markets showed gains in Asia and Europe.

The Nikkei 225 index added 1.06 percent while the Shanghai composite index in China gained 0.97 percent Monday. Markets also rose in Britain, France, Germany and Sweden.

On the New York Mercantile Exchange, December delivery crude oil added 27 cents to $85.15 per barrel. Heating oil prices gained 1.44 cents to $2.3782 per gallon. Reformulated gasoline blendstock prices rose 2.03 cents to $2.2302 per gallon.

Henry Hub natural gas lost 4.3 cents to $3.756 per million British thermal units.

Crude oil prices rise toward $88

New York -- Crude oil prices headed toward $88 per barrel Wednesday as stock markets stayed flat but stopped short of that benchmark.

Crude oil peaked at $88.21 and hit a low for the session at $86.10 per barrel. By day's end, the settlement price was at $87.81 per barrel, up $1.09, on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

Heating oil prices were unchanged, matching the previous day's settlement of $2.4419 per gallon. Reformulated gasoline blendstock prices were down 0.62 cents to $2.23 per gallon.

Henry Hub natural gas prices gained 1.6 cents to $4.255 per million British thermal units.

At the pump, the national average price of unleaded gasoline reached $2.863 per gallon from Tuesday's $2.857, AAA said.

Crude oil prices ease Thursday

New York -- Crude oil prices eased back Thursday on the New York Mercantile Exchange, sliding under $82 per barrel, as stock markets on Wall Street closed mixed.

The trading tone was set with the Bank of England and the European Central Bank keeping their lending rates intact at 0.5 percent and 1 percent, respectively. Currency rates, which shifted when the Bank of Japan lowered its overnight lending rate to zero to 0.1 percent this week, had triggered a run up in commodities most of the week. The correction in oil prices came Thursday.

The dollar index, at nearly 87 in June was flat in Thursday's trading, up 0.02 percent.

The index measures the dollar against six major currencies with a pro-rated formula.

Meet the Cash Kings of Drilling

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ADC Looks to Settle Suits Ahead of Tyco Sale

ADC Telecommunications (Nasdaq: ADCT), an Eden Prairie, Minn.-based provider of telecommunications gear, is looking to settle lawsuits brought by shareholders so it can complete a $1.25 billion deal to be bought by Tyco Electronics (NYSE: TEL).

U.S. markets up with slight gain in jobs

New York -- U.S. stock markets headed higher Wednesday with a job report that said 42,000 private-sector jobs were added in the month of July.

The Automatic Data Processing Inc. report was slightly better than predicted with additional jobs higher than the 13,000 added in June and less than the 55,000 added in May.

Private sector jobs have made gains for six consecutive months.

By close, the Dow Jones industrial average added 44.05 points, 0.41 percent, to 10,680.43. The Standard & Poor's 500 index gained 0.61 percent, 6.78, to 1,127.24. The Nasdaq composite index rose 0.88 percent, 20.05 points, to 2,303.57.

On the New York Stock Exchange, 2,248 stocks advanced and 777 declined on a volume of 4.2 billion shares traded.

You'll Regret Missing This Stock

There are times in an investor's life when you just know. For me, this is the moment I decided Time Warner (NYSE: TWX) was worth a closer look: