Leading economic indicators

Investors chat near an electronic board displaying stock prices at a brokerage house in Beijing, Friday, Jan. 18, 2019. Chinese stocks rose Friday on signs of possible progress in negotiations over Beijing's tariff war with Washington. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
January 18, 2019 - 2:42 am
BEIJING (AP) — Global stocks rose Friday after investors saw signs of possible progress toward a resolution of the U.S.-Chinese tariff war. Shares in China posted solid gains. KEEPING SCORE: In early trading, London's FTSE 100 gained 0.7 percent to 6,882.48 and Germany's DAX advanced 0.3 percent to...
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In this Jan. 10, 2019, photo, Will Kohler, an IRS tax examiner, holds a protest sign as union members and other federal employees rally to call for an end to the partial government shutdown outside the IRS site, in Covington, Ky. Kohler applied for unemployment after getting furloughed but said his application is in limbo because the Treasury Department office that needs to verify his claim is closed as a result of the shutdown. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
January 17, 2019 - 7:40 pm
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Thousands of federal employees and their families are applying for unemployment and food stamps to get by as the longest government shutdown in U.S. history drags on with no end in sight. But for some of them, it has been an exercise in confusion and frustration. Others,...
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nullFILE- In this Jan. 11, 2019, file photo, trader Joseph Lawler, left, and specialist Mark Otto work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EST on Thursday, Jan. 17. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
January 17, 2019 - 3:47 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks climbed Thursday after the Wall Street Journal reported that U.S. officials could reduce the new tariffs on Chinese imports as part of trade negotiations between the two countries. It was the latest in a series of potentially conflicting updates on the trade dispute...
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FILE- In this Jan. 8, 2019, file photo dawn arrives at the Capitol in Washington. On Thursday, Jan. 17, the Labor Department reports on the number of people who sought unemployment benefits last week, a figure likely to be inflated by applications from federal employees who aren't working because of the partial government shutdown. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
January 17, 2019 - 9:55 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of furloughed federal employees seeking unemployment benefits jumped in the first two weeks of the shutdown, topping 10,000 during the week of Jan. 5. The Labor Department said Thursday that is double the number of federal workers who sought aid in the previous week...
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nullFILE- In this Jan. 11, 2019, file photo, specialist Gregg Maloney works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EST on Wednesday, Jan. 16. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
January 16, 2019 - 3:43 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Banks surged Wednesday following strong results from a slew of financial companies, and U.S. stock indexes finished broadly higher. Concerns about trade tensions between the U.S. and China derailed a bigger gain. Financial and investment companies surged as fourth-quarter reports...
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A woman walks past an electronic board showing Hong Kong share index outside a local bank in Hong Kong, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019. Asian markets are mixed as poor Japanese data and worries about global growth put a damper on trading. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
January 16, 2019 - 1:27 am
SINGAPORE (AP) — Shares were mostly higher Wednesday in Asia as investors shrugged off the parliamentary vote against British Prime Minister Theresa May's plan for leaving the European Union. Weak Japanese data pulled the Nikkei 225 index lower. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's Nikkei 225 index slipped 0.6...
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Currency traders watch monitors at the foreign exchange dealing room of the KEB Hana Bank headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019. Asian markets bounced back from slight early losses on Tuesday after senior economic officials said Beijing will cut taxes and keep monetary policy flexible to help weather China’s slowdown. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
January 15, 2019 - 6:33 am
SINGAPORE (AP) — Global stock markets mostly rose Tuesday as after Chinese officials set out plans to support the world's second-biggest economy through a slowdown. Investors were also looking at corporate earnings as well as a vote later by the British parliament on a Brexit deal that has drawn...
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A worker checks the floor near the screen showing the Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) at the Korea Exchange in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019. Shares were lower in Asia on Monday, extending the latest losses on Wall Street, as China reported a slowdown in exports. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
January 13, 2019 - 10:37 pm
BANGKOK (AP) — Shares were lower in Asia on Monday, extending the latest losses on Wall Street, as China reported a slowdown in exports. KEEPING SCORE: Hong Kong's Hang Seng index lost 1.4 percent to 26,299.19 while the Shanghai Composite fell 0.6 percent to 2,539.59. The Kospi in South Korea...
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FILE- In this Jan. 4, 2019, file photo specialists Anthony Rinaldi, left, and Peter Mazza confer as they work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EST on Friday, Jan. 11. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, FIle)
January 11, 2019 - 9:11 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks slipped in Friday morning trading, as falling oil prices dragged down energy companies, but the S&P 500 remained on track to close out its third straight winning week following a brutal December. KEEPING SCORE: The S&P 500 was down 14 points, or 0.6 percent, at 2,582...
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Visitor watch a stock trading board at a private stock market gallery in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Friday, Jan. 11, 2019. Asian markets were mostly higher on Friday as investors cheered a more reactive Federal Reserve and U.S.-China trade talks. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
January 11, 2019 - 3:07 am
SINGAPORE (AP) — Global markets were mostly higher on Friday as investors cheered the Federal Reserve's more restrained stance and opt to view this week's U.S.-China trade talks in a positive light. KEEPING SCORE: In Europe, Germany's DAX added 0.1 percent to 10,934.19 and the CAC 40 in France...
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