Global brief . .

US data  with much of Asia in holiday mode, attention focused on the discouraging U.S. employment figures for January released on Friday. U.S. employers added 151,000 jobs last month, a sharp deceleration from recent months as companies shed education, transportation and temporary workers. The employment report lends weight to the case for the Federal Reserve … More Global brief . .

European markets weakened , as German bonds rise . .

    European stocks fell for a sixth day, credit markets weakened and German bonds advanced. Crude erased gains while currencies of commodity-producing countries and Gulf shares rose. Equities in Europe headed for the longest losing streak since June and U.S. stock-index futures erased gains. The cost of insuring European banks’ and insurers’ senior debt rose … More European markets weakened , as German bonds rise . .