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Markets Retreat on Weak Economic Data, North Korea Concerns (ZNGA)

By: , dated April 3rd, 2013
Stocks pulled back on Wednesday after a report showed lower-than-expected private-sector hiring in March, which worried investors ahead of Friday’s jobs report. Concern over North Korea also weighed on markets after U.S. Secretary of Defense Hagel said that there was a “real and clear” danger from the country. The Mortgage Bankers Association reported that home loan applications dipped by 4% last week, worrying some that recent housing gains would not continue. Shares of embattled social gaming company Zynga (ZNGA) jumped 15% after it announced real-money online casino games would be made available in the U.K. Oil prices dropped by 3%, their largest one-day decline since November, as inventories in the U.S. soared.

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