Leading economic indicators

Trader Gordon Charlop smiles as he works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019. Stocks are opening higher on Wall Street following big gains in Asia as Hong Kong's government withdrew a controversial extradition law that set off three months of protests there. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
September 04, 2019 - 8:28 pm
TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were mostly higher Thursday amid encouraging global developments, including British lawmakers seeking a less chaotic exit from the European Union and easing political tensions in Hong Kong. Japan's benchmark Nikeki 225 rose 2.3% to 21,131.08 in morning trading. Australia's...
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A man looks at an electronic stock board showing Japan's Nikkei 225 index and New York Dow Jones index at a securities firm in Tokyo Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019. Asian stock markets rose Wednesday following surprise weakness in U.S. manufacturing and wrangling in Britain over the country’s departure from the European Union. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
September 03, 2019 - 11:00 pm
BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets rose Wednesday following surprise weakness in U.S. manufacturing and wrangling in Britain over the country's departure from the European Union. Benchmarks in Shanghai, Tokyo and Hong Kong advanced. The Institute for Supply Management, an association of purchasing...
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FILE - In this June 12, 2019, file photo General Motors employees work on the chassis line as they build the frame, power train and suspension onto the truck's body at the Flint Assembly Plant in Flint, Mich. On Tuesday, Sept. 3, the Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers, issues its index of manufacturing activity for August. (Jake May/The Flint Journal via AP, File)
September 03, 2019 - 7:37 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. factory activity shrank in August for the first time since August 2016, a sign that the trade war with China is weighing down a crucial sector of the economy. The Institute for Supply Management, an association of purchasing managers, said Tuesday that its manufacturing index...
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September 03, 2019 - 2:51 am
BEIJING (AP) — Global stock markets were mostly lower Tuesday amid revived jitters over U.S.-Chinese trade tension and wrangling by British lawmakers over whether to try to postpone leaving the European Union. Benchmarks in London, Frankfurt and Hong Kong declined. Shanghai closed lower and Tokyo...
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With cloudy skies in Washington, President Donald Trump speaks to the media as he returns to the White House from Camp David, Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
September 01, 2019 - 11:07 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and China on Sunday put in place their latest tariff increases on each other's goods, potentially raising prices Americans pay for some clothes, shoes, sporting goods and other consumer items before the holiday shopping season. President Donald Trump said U.S.-...
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In this June 14, 2019, photo a pair of shoppers, center, in the Levi's store in New York's Times Square, survey a T-shirt display. On Friday, Aug. 30, the Commerce Department issues its July report on consumer spending, which accounts for roughly 70 percent of U.S. economic activity. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
August 30, 2019 - 7:46 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer spending grew 0.6% in July, a healthy gain that suggests American shoppers are largely ignoring concerns about trade tensions and driving the economy forward. The Commerce Department said Friday that personal incomes rose just 0.1%, the smallest gain in 10 months...
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A Chinese investor reads a newspaper as he monitors stock prices at a brokerage house in Beijing, Friday, Aug. 30, 2019. Asian stocks rebounded Friday on hopes U.S.-Chinese talks next month might produce progress toward ending a costly tariff war over trade and technology. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
August 30, 2019 - 4:39 am
BEIJING (AP) — Global stocks rose Friday on hopes that next month's U.S.-Chinese talks might produce progress toward ending a costly tariff war over trade and technology. Investors were encouraged by a Chinese government statement Thursday that its penalties on U.S. products are adequate. That...
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FILE - In this Aug. 21, 2019, file photo trader Jeffrey Vazquez works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. On Thursday, Aug. 29, stocks are opening higher on Wall Street as investors hope that new talks set for September can result in progress in resolving the U.S.-China trade dispute. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
August 29, 2019 - 11:55 am
Stocks marched broadly higher in afternoon trading on Wall Street Thursday, driving the Dow Jones Industrial Average to a gain of more than 300 points. Investors holding out fresh hope that new talks between the U.S. and China set for September can lead to progress in the nations' ongoing trade war...
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In this Aug. 27, 2019 photo, the Best Buy logo is shown on a store in Richfield, Minn. Best Buy Co. reports financial results Thursday, Aug. 29. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
August 29, 2019 - 4:36 am
RICHFIELD, Minn. (AP) — Best Buy Co. on Thursday reported strong quarterly profit but revenue fell short and shares of the retailer fell 6% in premarket trading. The Richfield, Minnesota-based company said it had fiscal second-quarter net income of $238 million, or 89 cents per share. Earnings,...
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FILE - In this Aug. 21, 2019, file photo specialist Anthony Matesic, center, works with traders at his post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EDT on Wednesday, Aug. 28. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
August 28, 2019 - 7:30 am
Stocks are mostly higher in early trading on Wall Street Wednesday as gains in health care and other sectors outweighed losses in technology companies. Investors continued to shift money into U.S. government bonds, driving long-term bond yields further below short-term ones. The so-called inversion...
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