Leading economic indicators

FILE- In this Jan. 7, 2019, file photo a customer shops in a Sears store in the Brooklyn borough of New York. On Monday, March 11, the Commerce Department releases U.S. retail sales data for December and January. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
March 11, 2019 - 8:00 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. retail sales rose slightly in January after a sharp drop in December, reflecting caution taken by consumers amid a government shutdown and volatile stock market. Retail sales increased just 0.2 percent, the Commerce Department said Monday, after a sharp fall of 1.6 percent in...
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March 11, 2019 - 7:22 am
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Shares in Deutsche Bank and Commerzbank have risen after news reports that Deutsche Bank's top management has agreed to hold preliminary talks about a possible merger. Shares in Deutsche Bank traded up 2.2 percent in midday trading Monday while Commerzbank was up 3.9...
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A man with an umbrella looks at an electronic stock board showing Japan's Nikkei 225 index at a securities firm in Tokyo Monday, March 11, 2019. Shares were mixed in Asia on Monday as investors awaited further developments in trade talks between the U.S. and China. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
March 11, 2019 - 7:18 am
BANGKOK (AP) — Shares were mostly higher in Europe on Monday, tracking gains in Asia as investors awaited further developments in trade talks between the U.S. and China. Boeing shares were predicted to fall at the open on Wall Street after the crash Sunday of a 737 Max 8 plane in Ethiopia that...
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March 10, 2019 - 11:39 pm
BANGKOK (AP) — Shares were mixed in Asia on Monday as investors awaited further developments in trade talks between the U.S. and China. Major benchmarks were mostly higher, with the Shanghai Composite up 1.2 percent to 3,006.19 and the Hang Seng in Hong Kong gaining 0.7 percent to 28,433.78. Weaker...
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FILE- In this Tuesday, March 5, 2019, file photo specialist Matthew Grenier works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EST on Friday, March 8. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
March 08, 2019 - 3:56 pm
Another wave of selling on Wall Street Friday left the S&P 500 with its worst weekly showing since January and its eighth loss in the last nine days. The sell-off, which lost some strength toward the end of the day, followed a surprisingly weak jobs report and more signs that the global economy...
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In this Thursday, March 7, 2019, photo visitors to the Pittsburgh veterans job fair meet with recruiters at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. On Friday, March 8, the U.S. government issues the February jobs report, which will reveal the latest unemployment rate and number of jobs U.S. employers added. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
March 08, 2019 - 11:10 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hiring tumbled in February, with U.S. employers adding just 20,000 jobs, the smallest monthly gain in nearly a year and a half. The slowdown in hiring, though, might have been depressed by harsh winter weather and the partial shutdown of the government. Last month's weak gain came...
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In this Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019 photo a newly constructed homes sit near a sign, in Natick, Mass. On Friday, March 8, the Commerce Department reports on U.S. home construction in January.(AP Photo/Steven Senne)
March 08, 2019 - 8:36 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. housing starts jumped 18.6 percent in January, as builders ramped up construction of single-family houses to the fastest pace in eight months. The Commerce Department said Friday that January ground breakings occurred at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.23 million. Home...
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FILE- In this March 4, 2019, file photo a worker cleans a jet bridge before passengers boarded an Alaska Airlines flight to Portland, Ore., at Paine Field in Everett, Wash. On Friday, March 8, the U.S. government issues the February jobs report, which will reveal the latest unemployment rate and number of jobs U.S. employers added. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
March 08, 2019 - 5:29 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers are thought to have extended their streak of hiring in February even as the overall economy is showing signs of slowing. On Friday, the government is expected to report that the economy added 182,000 jobs last month, down from a blockbuster gain of 304,000 in...
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A woman walks past an electronic board showing Hong Kong share index outside a local bank in Hong Kong, Friday, March 8, 2019. Asian markets tumbled Friday on fears that the U.S. and China may not be as close to a trade deal as President Donald Trump hopes. Selling was also fueled by worries about the global economy ahead of Chinese trade data.(AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
March 08, 2019 - 1:13 am
SINGAPORE (AP) — Shares tumbled Friday in Asia, led by sharp declines in Shanghai and Hong Kong, after China reported its exports plunged more than 20 percent in February from a year earlier. Selling also was fueled by worries that the U.S. and China may not be as close to a trade deal as President...
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A woman walks past an electronic board showing Hong Kong share index outside a local bank in Hong Kong, Friday, March 8, 2019. Asian markets tumbled Friday on fears that the U.S. and China may not be as close to a trade deal as President Donald Trump hopes. Selling was also fueled by worries about the global economy ahead of Chinese trade data.(AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
March 07, 2019 - 9:49 pm
SINGAPORE (AP) — Asian markets tumbled Friday on fears that the U.S. and China may not be as close to a trade deal as President Donald Trump had suggested. Selling was also fueled by worries about the global economy ahead of Chinese trade data. The Shanghai Composite index gave up 2.9 percent to 3,...
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