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By Dearbail Jordan

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  1. US jobs in line with stronger economy

    The initial shock at Friday's US jobs figures is now wearing off and the market is putting things in perspective.

    Sameer Samana, global quantitative analyst at Wells Fargo Investment Institute, says: "It's not really an outlier just a little bit disappointing based on consensus expectations which were maybe a little bit high.

    "Almost all the numbers when compared to the six and 12 month moving averages, are very much in line with continued improvement in the economy and the labor market."

  2. Do not judge Trump, says Putin

    Vladimir Putin

    People should not "judge" US President Donald Trump for withdrawing America from the Paris climate accord, according to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    Speaking at an economic forum on Friday, Mr Putin said: "You shouldn't make a noise about this, but should create the conditions for joint work.

    He also said: "If such a major emitter as the US is not going to cooperate entirely then it won't be possible to agree any deal in this area."

  3. FTSE 100 falls back from high

    The FTSE 100 has come down from the high it reached on Friday morning but it is still trading up 5.97 points at 7,549.74.

    FTSE 100

    Mining group lead both the top risers and the fallers.

    Shares in precious metal specialists Fresnillo and Randgold Resources are both up by more than 3%.

    Conversely, Chilean copper miner Antofagasta's shares are off 2.32% at 798.50p.

    The FTSE 250 is off 13.23 points at 19,997.39.

  4. Publishers to charge for ad-blockers


    Google will let publishers ask people who use ad-blockers to either enable advertising or make a payment to view content without ads.

    "Funding Choices" will roll out first in North America, UK, Germany, Australia and New Zealand, Google said in a blog.

    Google is also working on an ad-blocker of its own, which will function in its Chrome browser.

    Read the full story here.

  5. Trump 'agnostic' on where new jobs come from

    US coal miner

    Gary Cohn is doing the rounds of US broadcasters and has now told Bloomberg that the Trump administration is still committed to getting tax reform done by the end of the year, when it has a "uniformed buy-in" on a bill from the Senate.

    Donald Trump's chief economic adviser also comments on the Paris accord again, stating that the US government is "agnostic" about where new jobs will come from, be it from the renewable sector or from coal.

  6. US 'not worried' about jobs figures

    Gary Cohn

    Donald Trump's chief economic adviser Gary Cohn says that he is not worried about Friday's poor job figures and people are taking a long-term view of the US economy.

    Speaking to CNBC the director of the National Economic Council is also asked about the US withdrawal from the Paris climate accord.

    He says that coal is "cyclical". This appears to be in contrast to his view a week again when he said US coal "doesn't really make that much sense anymore as a feedstock".

    CNBC also asks Mr Cohn if he would be interested in becoming chairman of the US Federal Reserve.

    He says: "No, I have a great job right now...serving the President has been a dream come true."

  7. Putin says relax

    Russian President Vladimir Putin

    While some people are very upset that the US has withdrawn from the Paris climate accord, Russia's president Vladimir Putin offered the following advice: "Don't worry. Be happy."

    That's alright then.

  8. Mixed opening for US stocks

    The Nasdaq continued to soar on Friday, opening 16.38 points higher to hit a new intraday record at 6,263.21.

    The S&P 500 was more muted, rising 0.62 points to 2,430.68.

    While The Dow Jones Industrial Average opened down 4.85 points at 21,139.33.

  9. America's trade deficit balloons

    Americans with foreign-made phones

    America's trade deficit with the rest of the world widened in April to the highest level since January.

    The US Commerce Department said the US trade gap in goods and services climbed 5.2%to $47.6bn between March and April.

    Exports fell 0.3% to $191bn mainly due to automotive trade.

    Imports rose 0.8% to $238.6bn as US consumers bought more foreign-made cellphones and other goods.

    So far this year, the trade deficit is up 13.4%from a year earlier to $186.6bn.

  10. What now for US interest rates?

    What will Friday's job numbers mean for a US interest rate rise?

    The market consensus is that the Federal Reserve will lift borrowing costs again in June.

    Ole Hansen, head of commodity strategy at Saxo Bank, tells Reuters: "At this stage the market is fully pricing in an interest rate hike but the question is will it be a dovish hike."

  11. US employment data misses forecasts

    US stock market trader

    The number of new jobs added in America during May is far below expectations which ranged between 160,000 and 177,000.

    Wages grew at 2.5% in the 12 months to May, exactly the same rate as in April.

    The US stock markets will open in 35 minutes. Will traders still be feeling as ebullient as they were on Thursday evening when stocks soared on America's withdrawal from the Paris climate accord?

  12. US jobs growth slows

    Man in safety mask working with US flag in background

    US jobs growth slowed in May, according to figures just out, although the unemployment rate has fallen to 4.3% - its lowest level in 16 years..

    The so-called non-farm payrolls data shows that businesses added 138,000 posts last month as the manufacturing, government and retail sectors lost jobs, the Labour Department said on Friday.

    That compares with the average of 181,000 over the past 12 months.

    The figures will inevitably be scrutinised for clues as to what they mean for whether the US central banks will raise rates later this month.

  13. UK construction activity rebounds in May

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    Video caption: UK construction in rebound in May - report

    Duncan Brock, director of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply, explains what's behind the fastest monthly rise in construction growth since the end of 2015.

  14. Hoover pension deal agreed

    Hoover's Merthyr plant and Hoover logo

    A deal has been struck for Hoover to move the company's pension scheme into a protection fund (see earlier post).

    Thousands of people worked at its Merthyr Tydfil washing machine plant over 60 years. It stopped production in 2009 but a warehouse still operates.

    The company will contribute £60m to the pension scheme.

    The Pensions Regulator has approved the proposal and the scheme is expected to transfer into the Pension Protection Fund (PPF).

    The deal has been struck because there was "clear and extensive evidence" that Hoover would inevitably fall into insolvency otherwise. Read more here

  15. Leaked BA email in full

    People waiting at airport

    The unconfirmed Press Association story that a contractor doing maintenance work at a BA data centre inadvertently switched off the power supply, and it was this that caused the chaos at airports, was based on a leaked email.

    In full it said: "This resulted in the total immediate loss of power to the facility, bypassing the backup generators and batteries.

    "This meant that the controlled contingency migration to other facilities could not be applied.

    "After a few minutes of this shutdown, it was turned back on in an unplanned and uncontrolled fashion, which created physical damage to the systems and significantly exacerbated the problem."

  16. Insurers clash with BA over expenses

    Kevin Peachey

    Personal finance reporter

    Notice advising passengers of disruption

    Insurers have clashed with British Airways over covering the cost of expenses incurred by passengers caught up in last weekend's travel chaos.

    The BA website suggests that customers should initially make a claim on their travel insurance for expenses such as meals during the delays.

    But the Association of British Insurers (ABI) and a consumer rights expert say responsibility is with the airline.

    BA said it would update the language, but its website has yet to change. Read more from Kevin here

  17. Sainsbury's boss: Review business rates post-election

    Election 2017

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    Video caption: 'Have a fundamental review of business taxes'

    With less than a week until polling day, the BBC business team hears from bosses about what they want from the next government.

    Mike Coupe, chief executive of supermarket chain Sainsbury's, says the UK needs to have a "fundamental review" of business taxation.