• American flags fly at the New York Stock Exchange on Wall Street,  July 6, 2015.  World stock markets were uneven Friday, Feb. 5, 2016, as investors awaited U.S. job numbers that could influence how much the Fed raises interest rates this year. Japanese shares sagged on the strengthening yen. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

    Asian stocks directionless ahead of US jobless report

    NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market opened slightly lower after the government reported only modest job growth last month.

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  • A woman waits to cross a street in front of an electronic stock indicator of a securities firm in Tokyo, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016. Most Asian stocks jumped Thursday as oil prices bounced back and weak U.S. economic data fueled investor hopes that the Fed would slow the pace of rate hikes this year. Japanese shares fell as the yen rose against the dollar. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

    Most Asian stocks jump as oil rallies on weaker dollar

    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks opened slightly lower as retail companies slipped.

  • Benin Navy guarding Greek tanker, hostages held in Nigeria

    LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — The navy of Benin is guarding an oil tanker hijacked by militants who are holding five crew members hostage in Nigeria, Nigeria’s navy and a shipping security expert said Wednesday.

  • In this Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015, file photo, a Wall Street street sign is framed by a giant American flag hanging on the facade of the New York Stock Exchange. Global stock markets were having another lackluster day Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, amid ongoing worries over the state of the world economy, which has piled the pressure on oil prices in particular. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

    US stocks give up an early gain and move lower; Yahoo down

    HONG KONG (AP) — Most Asian stocks jumped Thursday as oil prices bounced back and weak U.S. economic data fueled investor hopes that the Fed would slow the pace of rate hikes this year. Japanese shares fell as the yen rose against the dollar.

  • CORRECTS TYPO IN FIRST SENTENCE TO BUTTON -German chancellor Angela Merkel  prepares to press the start button next to the head of the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics  Sibylle Guenter , left, and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania governor,  Erwin Sellering, right at the  Wendelstein 7-X' nuclear fusion research center at the Max-Planck-Institut for Plasma Physics in Greifswald, Germany Wednesday Feb. 3, 2016. Scientists flipped the switch  on an experiment they hope will advance the quest for nuclear fusion, considered a clean and safe form of nuclear power.  ( Bernd Wuestneck/dpa via AP)

    Scientists to inject fuel in experimental fusion device

    GREIFSWALD, Germany (AP) — Scientists in Germany flipped the switch Wednesday on an experiment they hope will advance the quest for nuclear fusion, considered a clean and safe form of nuclear power.

  • In this Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015, file photo, a Wall Street street sign is framed by a giant American flag hanging on the facade of the New York Stock Exchange. Global stock markets were having another lackluster day Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, amid ongoing worries over the state of the world economy, which has piled the pressure on oil prices in particular. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

    Asian stocks weighed down by another oil price dive

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are gaining ground in early trading as investors were encouraged by some strong company earnings reports and a pickup in the price of crude oil.

  • This July 15, 2013, file photo, shows a sign for Wall Street outside the New York Stock Exchange. Falling oil prices continued to weigh on global stock markets Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016, a day after a 6-percent plunge that was sparked by concerns over the global economic recovery following weak Chinese and U.S. data. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

    Energy sector leads another decline in stocks as oil falls

    TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares stumbled Wednesday as another steep drop in the price of oil reinforced worries about the potential impact on the world economy of job cuts and reduced investment in the energy industry.

  • Miss Piggy overlooks the New York Stock Exchange trading floor after ringing the opening bell to highlight the season premier of Disney's "The Muppets" television show, Monday, Feb. 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

    Global stock markets mostly lower as oil extends fall

    LONDON (AP) — Falling oil prices continued to weigh on global stock markets Tuesday, a day after a 6-percent plunge that was sparked by concerns over the global economic recovery following weak Chinese and U.S. data.

  • BHP Billiton finalizes sale of New Mexico coal mine

    FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — The sale of a mine in northwestern New Mexico that feeds one of the state’s largest coal-fired power plants is now complete.

  • New federal coal mine dust rules taking effect

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Underground coal mines will ramp up testing for the dust that causes breathing problems and leads to black lung disease under a new federal rule taking effect Monday.