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Market Reaction Muted to Disappointing Jobs Data

01/10/14 - 06:15 PM EST

We heard this morning that the U.S added 74,000 jobs in December, well below estimates for almost 200,000 and last month's upwardly revised 241,000. And, while the unemployment rate dropped to 6.7%, below economist estimates, this was largely due to the continued reduction in the labor force, with the participation rate dropping to 62.8%.Many have pointed to this data point being an outlier, particularly given weather issues and its stark contrast with stronger economic data we have received. But there is no doubt that today's number was disappointing...

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Retailers in 2014: A Story of Execution

01/09/14 - 03:54 PM EST

With mixed data from the likes of Macy's and Bed Bath & Beyond today, Nicole Urken takes a look at the outlook for retail this year.

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Alcoa Kicks Off Earnings Season

01/09/14 - 03:53 PM EST

Stop, look and listen during earnings season

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Nicole Urken is Research Director of Mad Money and Jim Cramer's researcher at TheStreet. Nicole analyzes stocks and develops a strategic macro outlook, which she incorporates into segment ideas for CNBC's "Mad Money." Nicole also supports Jim's other endeavors including "Squawk on the Street," RealMoney.com, and his latest best-selling book "Get Rich Carefully."

Previously, she worked as an investment banking analyst for the Industrials Group in Goldman Sachs' New York office. Born and raised in Princeton, New Jersey, Nicole graduated with honors from Harvard College, where she served as executive editor of The Harvard Crimson.

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