U.S. employers pulled back on hiring in April, adding 160,000 jobs, the fewest in seven months, after a streak of robust monthly gains. The unemployment rate remained at a low 5 percent, roughly where it has been since fall.
Bats Global Markets, the Lenexa-based operator of the nation’s second-largest stock exchange, doubled its earnings in the first three months of the year compared with a year ago. The report covered the final three months that Bats operated as a privately owned business. Its shares began trading publicly last month.
The wheat harvest in Kansas will rebound 19 percent this year, according to findings from a crop tour, meaning favorable weather in the largest U.S. grower of the grain will likely exacerbate a global glut.
No person or business can bank on a hack-free existence, experts say. And keeping pace with criminal hackers is only getting tougher. A conference in Overland Park this week brought together experts who battle a growing threat.
Sprint’s new focus on its transformation won kudos and concerns from investment analysts Wednesday, with a heavy dose of attention to the company’s plans for its wireless network. Sprint executives had said Tuesday they are focusing on spending their shrunken marketing budget more effectively, targeting high-quality subscribers rather than just trying to pad the customer count, and improving network coverage and speeds in the most cost-efficient ways.