Leading economic indicators

A woman walks past an electronic stock board showing the Hang Seng Index at a bank in Hong Kong, Friday, Dec. 15, 2017. Asian stock markets were mostly lower Friday as uncertainty over a sweeping U.S. tax revamp outweighed an optimistic Japanese economic survey. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
December 14, 2017 - 9:53 pm
HONG KONG (AP) — Asian stock markets were mostly lower Friday as uncertainty about the progress of a sweeping U.S. tax revamp outweighed an optimistic Japanese economic survey. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 index fell 0.9 percent to 22,498.85 while South Korea's Kospi climbed 0.4...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017, file photo, construction cranes fill a block across from an Amazon building in Seattle. Seattle is among a fistful of cities that have flourished in the 10 years since the Great Recession officially began in December 2007, even while most other large cities, and sizable swaths of rural America, have managed only modest recoveries. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
December 14, 2017 - 2:51 pm
As the nation's economy was still reeling from the body blow of the Great Recession, Seattle's was about to take off. In 2010, Amazon opened a headquarters in the little-known South Lake Union district — and then expanded eight-fold over the next seven years to fill 36 buildings. Everywhere you...
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December 14, 2017 - 8:46 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell by 11,000 last week to 225,000, the lowest in nearly two months and another sign that U.S. workers are enjoying job security. The Labor Department says the less volatile four-week average also fell by 6,750 to 234,750...
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Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen speaks during a news conference following the Federal Open Market Committee meeting in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017. The Federal Reserve is raising its key interest rate for the third time this year and foresees three additional hikes in 2018, a vote of confidence that the U.S. economy remains on solid footing 8½ years after the end of the Great Recession. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
December 13, 2017 - 11:14 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Federal Reserve's monetary policy meeting (all times local): 11:15 a.m. The People's Bank of China says it is responding to market forces by raising the rate charged by its one-year lending facility by 0.05 percentage points to 3.25 percent. Rates paid on bank...
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This Wednesday, May 3, 2017, photo shows a a sign with gas prices at a Chevron station in Miami. On Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017, the Labor Department reports on U.S. consumer prices for November. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
December 13, 2017 - 8:51 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Surging gasoline prices pulled U.S. consumer inflation up 0.4 percent in November. The Labor Department said Wednesday that prices at the pump increased a sharp 7.3 percent after falling in October. Excluding volatile food and energy prices, so-called core consumer inflation rose...
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December 12, 2017 - 4:12 pm
The latest on developments in financial markets (All times local): 4 p.m. Big-company stocks notched gains on Wall Street, bringing more records for major indexes, but smaller companies lagged behind. The Standard & Poor's 500 index and the Dow Jones industrial average closed at all-time highs...
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A man walks past an electronic stock board showing Japan's Nikkei 225 index and other country's market prices at a securities firm in Tokyo Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017. Shares were mostly lower in Asia on Tuesday as investors stepped back after several days of advances, erasing early gains. Markets are awaiting the Federal Reserve meeting on Wednesday and the outcome of a major Chinese planning conference. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
December 12, 2017 - 4:14 am
TOKYO (AP) — Shares were mostly lower in Europe and Asia on Tuesday as investors retreated ahead of the Federal Reserve's decision on interest rates. KEEPING SCORE: Germany's DAX fell 0.2 percent to 13,099.40 and the CAC 40 of France lost 0.5 percent to 5,362.83. Britain's FTSE 100 was flat at 7,...
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A man walks past an electronic stock board showing Japan's Nikkei 225 index and other country's market prices at a securities firm in Tokyo Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017. Shares were mostly lower in Asia on Tuesday as investors stepped back after several days of advances, erasing early gains. Markets are awaiting the Federal Reserve meeting on Wednesday and the outcome of a major Chinese planning conference. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
December 11, 2017 - 11:13 pm
TOKYO (AP) — Shares were mostly lower in Asia on Tuesday as investors stepped back after several days of advances, erasing early gains. Markets are awaiting the Federal Reserve meeting on Wednesday and the outcome of a major Chinese planning conference. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's Nikkei 225 index was...
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December 11, 2017 - 5:13 pm
Stocks ended modestly higher Monday, nudging the Standard & Poor's 500 index and Dow Jones industrial average to record highs. Technology stocks accounted for most of the gains. Health care stocks also rose, making up for losses in banks and industrial companies. Traders also had their eye on...
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President Donald Trump points to the crowd after a rally in Pensacola, Fla., Friday, Dec. 8, 2017. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)
December 11, 2017 - 3:49 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The orbit of odd political claims stretched from Utah canyons to the looming Alabama Senate race to crazy-as-usual Washington in recent days. That's what The Associated Press found when scrutinizing an assortment of statements from President Donald Trump and others last week. In...
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