Economic outlook

A man stands in front of an electronic stock board showing Japan's Nikkei 225 index as a track goes by at a securities firm in Tokyo Friday, May 22, 2020. Shares are slipping in Asia as tensions flare between the U.S. and China and as more job losses add to the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
May 22, 2020 - 5:07 pm
Stock indexes finished mostly higher Friday as Wall Street shook off an early slide, closing out a solid week of gains for the market. The S&P 500 index inched up 0.2% after having been down 0.5%. It ended the week with a 3.2% gain, largely due to a big rally on Monday that offset all of the...
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FILE - In this Aug. 7, 2019, file photo, Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Shaktikanta Das speaks during a press conference in Mumbai, India. India’s central bank on Friday, May 22, 2020, cut its key interest rate to 4% to revive the economy severely hit the coronavirus outbreak and a two-month lockdown. Reserve Bank of India Governor Das also said India's gross domestic product in financial 2020-21 was expected to have negative growth. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade, File)
May 22, 2020 - 2:36 am
NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s central bank on Friday cut its key interest rate to 4% to counter the blow to the economy from the coronavirus pandemic and a lockdown meant to contain it. Reserve Bank of India Governor Shaktikanta Das forecast that the economy will contract in fiscal 2020-21. He did not...
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May 21, 2020 - 3:21 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Efforts to forecast the U.S. economy's path to recovery from the current deep downturn face “a whole new level of uncertainty," Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said Thursday. Not only is there the difficulty predicting how the coronavirus pandemic will play out, it is also...
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In this March 18, 2020 photo, Construction continues at a housing plan in Zelienople, Pa., The housing market has stalled, but homebuilder stocks are up sharply amid signs that sales are starting to improve. Still, the outlook for a housing market recovery remains cloudy, given uncertainty over the pandemic's impact. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
May 21, 2020 - 2:01 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The U.S. economy and housing market had set homebuilders up for a strong 2020. That was before the efforts to stem the spread of the coronavirus pandemic knocked the economy into a skid, dimmed consumer confidence and left a record number of Americans unemployed. The housing...
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A woman wearing face mask walks past a bank electronic board showing the Hong Kong share index Tuesday, May 19, 2020. Asian shares rose Tuesday on optimism about a potential vaccine for the coronavirus after hopes for a U.S. economic recovery in the second half of the year sent Wall Street into a rebound. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
May 19, 2020 - 12:09 am
TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares rose Tuesday on optimism about a potential vaccine for the coronavirus after hopes for a U.S. economic recovery in the second half of the year sent Wall Street into a rebound. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 added 1.9% in morning trading to 20,517.42. Australia's S&P/ASX...
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FILE - In this March 18, 2020, file photo, people are reflected on the electronic board of a securities firm in Tokyo. Japan's economic growth plunged into recession in the first quarter as the coronavirus pandemic squelched production, exports and spending, and fears are growing worse times may lie ahead, according to a report on Monday, May 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, File)
May 18, 2020 - 5:50 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The world economy likely faces a long slog back from the coronavirus crisis. Two reports out Monday predict that global growth will struggle to bounce back from the lockdowns, travel restrictions and business closures meant to contain the pandemic. IHS Markit said that it expects...
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A currency trader walks near the screens showing the Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI), left, and the foreign exchange rate between U.S. dollar and South Korean won at the foreign exchange dealing room in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, May 18, 2020. Asian stock markets rose Monday after the chief U.S. central banker expressed optimism the the American economy might start to recover this year from the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
May 17, 2020 - 11:25 pm
BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets rose Monday after the chief U.S. central banker expressed optimism the the American economy might start to recover this year from the coronavirus pandemic. Benchmarks in Shanghai, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Australia all advanced. That came despite Japan’s announcement...
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A currency trader talks near screens at the foreign exchange dealing room in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, May 15, 2020. Asian shares were mixed Friday as markets meandered on news about economies reopening, mixed with worries about the prolonged health risks from the new coronavirus. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
May 15, 2020 - 4:48 pm
Stocks managed to close modestly higher on Wall Street Friday after a day of wobbling between gains and losses. The S&P 500 rose 0.4%. The index still wound up with its biggest weekly drop since late March. The market’s enthusiasm was checked by yet more grim data showing how badly the...
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Mayor Michael Hancock listens as chief financial officer Brendan Hanlon speaks during a briefing in Denver on Thursday, May 14, 2020, on the state of the Denver's budget, city employee furloughs and the resumption of business after closures due to the coronavirus. (AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post via AP)
May 14, 2020 - 10:04 pm
DENVER (AP) — Denver Mayor Michael Hancock said Thursday that thousands of city employees, including himself, will be furloughed for eight days this year to help close what is expected to be a $226 million budget gap caused by the coronavirus, joining mayors across the country that have made the...
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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, right, walks with Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters to the house for the budget delivery speech at Parliament in Wellington, New Zealand, Thursday, May 14, 2020. New Zealand's government plans to borrow and spend vast amounts of money as it tries to keep unemployment below 10% in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. (Hagen Hopkins/Pool Photo via AP)
May 14, 2020 - 3:58 am
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand’s government plans to borrow and spend vast amounts of money as it tries to keep unemployment below 10% in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Finance Minister Grant Robertson on Thursday unveiled a budget unlike any in the nation's history. Debt would...
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