Daily business briefing: World markets boosted by falling U.S. unemployment

December 9, 2013 

Markets throughout the world were mostly higher Monday as signs of U.S. economic recovery may lead the Federal Reserve to reduce its monetary stimulus this month. On Wall Street, the Dow and S&P 500 futures are both up 0.1 percent after a report Friday that the United States witnessed a fourth straight month of job gains, with 203,000 new jobs created in November. The unemployment rate fell to 7.0 percent from 7.3 percent. Learn more at http://www.bnd.com/business. ...

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A new survey finds that nine out of 10 economists believe the Fed's stimulus program will wind down next year, after being in place in its current form since December 2012. The survey also showed a majority of economists believe the United States' economic recovery will accelerate next year. For more information, go to http://www.bnd.com/business. ...

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Sales at McDonald's restaurants that have been open at least a year rose by 0.5 percent in November. The company said that the metric had previoulsy fallen by 0.8 percent across the country. Find out more at http://www.bnd.com/business. ...

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American Airlines has emerged from bankruptcy in a merger with US Airways. The new company will be known as American Airlines Group Inc. Read more at http://www.bnd.com/business.

-- Will Buss, BND business writer

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