Five stats from the market and the stories behind them. This week: Fed's $40 billion bond buys in question, Wal-Mart's worrisome 1% same-store sales growth, and more.
The U.S. government's contribution to GDP and the labor market will continue to shift going forward, says Morningstar's Bob Johnson.
Recent revisions helped 2012's employment growth look better than initial forecasts, but we don't expect a sizable surge (or decline) for 2013.
We're expecting about 200,000 new private-sector jobs in January, but keep an eye on retail, finance, and government hiring.
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