Leading economic indicators

FILE- In this Oct. 24, 2017, file photo, people pass the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EDT on Friday, July 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
July 20, 2018 - 3:27 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are little changed Friday as traders shrug off the latest trade threats from President Donald Trump and focus on company earnings reports, which contained some better-than-expected results from big names including Microsoft. Bond yields are rising and the dollar is...
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People cross the road in front of an electronic board showing Hong Kong share index outside a bank in Hong Kong, Friday, July 20, 2018. Asian markets wobbled on Friday on signs that China and the U.S. were readying for the imposition of more tariffs on one another. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
July 20, 2018 - 7:17 am
SINGAPORE (AP) — World stock markets fell sharply Friday after U.S. President Donald Trump said he was prepared to put new tariffs on all Chinese imports, escalating the rhetoric in a trade war that could hit global economic growth. KEEPING SCORE: From being up slightly earlier in the day, European...
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People cross the road in front of an electronic board showing Hong Kong share index outside a bank in Hong Kong, Friday, July 20, 2018. Asian markets wobbled on Friday on signs that China and the U.S. were readying for the imposition of more tariffs on one another. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
July 19, 2018 - 11:50 pm
SINGAPORE (AP) — Asian markets wobbled Friday on signs that China and the U.S. were preparing to impose more tariffs on each other's products. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's Nikkei 225 lost 0.5 percent to 22,652.42 and South Korea's Kospi dropped less than 0.1 percent to 2,281.69. Hong Kong's Hang Seng...
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A bank employee stands near 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, Thursday, July 19, 2018. Asian stock markets drifted without a clear direction on Thursday while investors wait and see further developments on global trade disputes. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
July 19, 2018 - 5:48 am
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Global stock markets were drifting lower Thursday as investors awaited further moves in global trade disputes with the U.S. soon to make a key decision on auto tariffs. Its trading partners in Europe and Asia could retaliate in kind, denting one of the key drivers of...
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FILE In this this June 27, 2018 file photo, construction continues on a home behind a for sale sign in Waukee, Iowa. U.S. homebuilders sharply curtailed the pace of construction in June as housing starts plummeted 12.3 percent. The Commerce Department said Wednesday, July 18, that housing starts fell to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.17 million from 1.34 million in May. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)
July 18, 2018 - 9:14 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. homebuilders sharply curtailed the pace of construction in June as housing starts plummeted 12.3 percent. The Commerce Department said Wednesday that housing starts fell to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.17 million from 1.34 million in May. June's pace of construction...
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Containers are seen at a port in Incheon, South Korea, Wednesday, July 18, 2018. South Korea's government said it is dramatically cutting its job outlook while slightly reducing its economic growth forecast. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
July 18, 2018 - 3:21 am
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's government dramatically cut its outlook on the job market while slightly lowering its growth forecast Wednesday, boding ill for President Moon Jae-in's jobs-first agenda. The Finance Ministry said South Korea's economy will create a mere 180,000 jobs this...
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A woman walks past an electronic board showing Hong Kong share index outside a bank in Hong Kong, Wednesday, July 18, 2018. Asian markets climbed higher on Wednesday as a sweep of positive news from Wall Street and beyond boosted confidence in the U.S. economy. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
July 17, 2018 - 11:40 pm
SINGAPORE (AP) — Asian markets climbed higher on Wednesday as a sweep of positive news from Wall Street and beyond boosted confidence in the U.S. economy. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 gained 1.0 percent to 22,921.20 and South Korea's Kospi added 0.3 percent to 2,304.64. Hong Kong's...
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A man walks by an electronic stock board of a securities firm in Tokyo, Tuesday, July 17, 2018. Asian markets fell on Tuesday as mounting tensions over U.S. tariffs overshadowed data suggesting global growth was still on track. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
July 17, 2018 - 7:43 am
SINGAPORE (AP) — World markets turned lower on Tuesday as investors looked ahead to Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell's testimony to Congress for clues on U.S. interest rates. KEEPING SCORE: Germany's DAX shed 0.2 percent to 12,537 and the CAC 40 in France was down 0.4 percent at 5,3889. The...
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FILE- In this May 17, 2018, file photo, an American flag hangs above the bell podium on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EDT on Monday, July 16. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
July 16, 2018 - 11:01 pm
SINGAPORE (AP) — Asian markets fell on Tuesday as mounting tensions over U.S. tariffs overshadowed data suggesting global growth was still on track. KEEPING SCORE: South Korea's Kospi lost 0.2 percent to 2,297.64 and Hong Kong's Hang Seng lost 1.0 percent to 28,247.53 in morning trading. The...
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In this July 3, 2018, photo, a shopper carries bags in San Francisco. On Monday, July 16, the Commerce Department releases U.S. retail sales data for June. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
July 16, 2018 - 8:56 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. retail sales rose at a solid pace last month despite higher prices and modest wage gains, a sign of underlying consumer optimism. The Commerce Department said Monday that sales at retailers and restaurants increased 0.5 percent in June, following a big 1.3 percent gain the...
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