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A tourist shelters from the sun near the Colosseum in Rome, Sunday, July 23, 2017. Italy is gripped by drought as the summer heat continues with no sign of rain. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
July 24, 2017 - 6:13 am
LONDON (AP) — The International Monetary is more optimistic about the economy of the 19-country eurozone after a run of elections saw populist politicians defeated. In an update to its April projections published Monday, the IMF revised up its growth forecasts for many eurozone countries, including...
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A man uses a mobile phone in front of an electronic stock indicator of a securities firm in Tokyo, Monday, July 24, 2017. Asian shares mostly slid Monday, with Chinese benchmarks countering the trend, as market attention turns to the U.S. Federal Reserve meeting later in the week.(AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
July 24, 2017 - 12:13 am
TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares mostly slid Monday, with Chinese benchmarks countering the trend, as market attention turns to the U.S. Federal Reserve meeting later in the week. Japanese shares languished as the yen strengthened against the dollar. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 lost 0.9...
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July 20, 2017 - 7:06 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The International Monetary Fund's board approved a $1.8 billion loan to Greece — but will only release the money if the country gets debt relief from its European creditors. The IMF has praised Greece for reducing its budget deficits. But the lending agency is pressuring Greece's...
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FILE - This Wednesday, June 4, 2014, file photo shows a selection of Visa cards in Boston. Visa Inc. reports earnings, Thursday, July 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)
July 20, 2017 - 5:16 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Payment processing giant Visa said its fiscal third-quarter profit rose sharply from a year earlier, following its purchase of Visa Europe. The San Francisco-based company earned $2.06 billion in the period ending June 30, or 87 cents a share, compared with a profit of $412 million...
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July 20, 2017 - 10:50 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans are targeting a rule that would let consumers band together to sue their banks or credit card companies rather than use a mediator to resolve a dispute. A consumer protection agency finalized the rule last week. The agency said people who otherwise have to go it alone...
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FILE - In this Thursday, April 27, 2017 file photo, the President of the European Central Bank Mario Draghi speaks during a news conference in Frankfurt, Germany. European Central Bank head Mario Draghi is likely to tread softly on Thursday, July 20, 2017 as the bank inches toward bringing an end to its monetary stimulus efforts. (AP Photo/Michael Probst, File)
July 20, 2017 - 10:49 am
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — European Central Bank head Mario Draghi did his best Thursday to give no clear signal about the eventual withdrawal of a massive bond-purchase stimulus program, lest markets overreact. Draghi said the bank's 25-member governing council was unanimous in not even setting a...
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FILE - This Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014, file photo, shows the facade of the New York Stock Exchange. U.S. stock indexes took a small step back from their record levels on Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, as their momentum slowed following a torrid start to the year. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
July 20, 2017 - 10:25 am
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S stocks are wavering between small gains and losses in early trading on Wall Street Thursday. Energy and health care companies are gaining, but basic materials companies are lower. Investors are focused on second-quarter results from large companies like American Express and...
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FILE - In this Thursday, April 27, 2017 file photo, the President of the European Central Bank Mario Draghi speaks during a news conference in Frankfurt, Germany. European Central Bank head Mario Draghi is likely to tread softly on Thursday, July 20, 2017 as the bank inches toward bringing an end to its monetary stimulus efforts. (AP Photo/Michael Probst, File)
July 20, 2017 - 8:12 am
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The European Central Bank has left its interest rate benchmarks and policy statement unchanged, underlining its reluctance to roil markets with premature signals about an exit from its stimulus efforts. The decision was announced Thursday after a regular meeting of the...
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FILE - In this Thursday, April 27, 2017 file photo, the President of the European Central Bank Mario Draghi speaks during a news conference in Frankfurt, Germany. European Central Bank head Mario Draghi is likely to tread softly on Thursday, July 20, 2017 as the bank inches toward bringing an end to its monetary stimulus efforts. (AP Photo/Michael Probst, File)
July 20, 2017 - 8:00 am
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The European Central Bank has left its interest rate benchmarks and policy statement unchanged — underlining its unwillingness to roil markets with premature signals about an exit from its stimulus efforts as the economy recovers. The decision was announced Thursday after...
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A currency trader talks on the mobile phone at the foreign exchange dealing room of the KEB Hana Bank headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, July 20, 2017. Asian stock markets rose on Thursday after the Bank of Japan delays timing of achieving its inflation target while record-high closes on Wall Street boosted investor sentiment. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
July 20, 2017 - 2:40 am
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Asian share benchmarks rose Thursday after an overnight advance on Wall Street fueled by strong corporate earnings. Strong trade data and expectations for continued lavish monetary stimulus from Japan's central bank pushed Tokyo's Nikkei 225 index up 0.6 percent. KEEPING...
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