Leading economic indicators

FILE - In this May 1, 2019, file photo, trader Robert Charmak, left, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. On Monday, May 6, U.S. stocks plunged at the opening of trading, following a sell-off in global markets, after President Donald Trump threatened to escalate a trade war between the world’s two largest economies. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
May 06, 2019 - 2:56 pm
Fresh market jitters over the possibility of an escalation in the costly trade war between the U.S. and China pulled stocks broadly lower on Wall Street Monday. The sell-off, which eased toward the end of the day after an initial steep slump, came a day after President Donald Trump threatened to...
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People walk past a bank's electronic board showing the Hong Kong share index at Hong Kong Stock Exchange Monday, May 6, 2019. Shares tumbled in Asia early Monday after President Donald Trump threatened in a tweet to impose more tariffs on China, spooking investors who had been expecting good news on trade.(AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
May 06, 2019 - 4:17 am
BANGKOK (AP) — World markets swooned Monday after President Donald Trump threatened to increase tariffs on imports from China at a time when investors were expecting trade tensions to subside. The CAC 40 in France lost 2.2% in early trading to 5,428.65 while Germany's DAX skidded 2.1% to 12,150.16...
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May 05, 2019 - 9:59 pm
TOKYO (AP) — Shares tumbled in Asia early Monday after President Donald Trump threatened in a tweet to impose more tariffs on China. The Shanghai Composite index sank 4.8% and the Hang Seng in Hong Kong plunged 3.5%. Markets were closed in Japan. The future contract for the Dow Jones Industrial...
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President Donald Trump smiles during a meeting with Slovak Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini in the Oval Office of the White House, Friday, May 3, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
May 04, 2019 - 4:52 am
NEW YORK (AP) — The lowest unemployment rate in a half century. More than 260,000 new jobs. And higher hourly wages. "I'll be running on the economy," President Donald Trump declared on Friday. And why wouldn't he? The day's new round of sunny employment figures offered fresh evidence of a strong...
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President Donald Trump greets Slovak Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini in the Oval Office of the White House, Friday, May 3, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
May 03, 2019 - 3:41 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and the prime minister of Slovakia congratulated each other Friday on the respective strength of their nations' economies as the two leaders met at the White House. Peter Pellegrini is the latest central European leader to visit the White House as the U.S...
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FILE - In this Nov. 13, 2018 file photo, employees walk through a lobby at Amazon's headquarters in Seattle. On Friday, May 3, 2019, shares in Amazon are moving higher after billionaire investor Warren Buffett said his firm has been buying the online retailer. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
May 03, 2019 - 12:48 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Billionaire investor Warren Buffett called himself an "idiot" for not buying stock in Amazon, but said someone at his investment firm, Berkshire Hathaway, is making up for his lack of foresight. Buffett told CNBC on Thursday that a money manager at Berkshire Hathaway has been buying...
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FILE- In this March 12, 2019, file photo specialists James Denaro, left, and Mario Picone work at a post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EDT on Friday, May 3. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
May 03, 2019 - 12:46 pm
Stocks rose broadly on Wall Street in afternoon trading Friday, erasing the market's losses from a day earlier and placing the S&P 500 on track for its second straight weekly gain. Investors welcomed the government's latest snapshot of U.S. employment, which showed that job growth surged in...
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FILE- In this Jan. 24, 2019, file photo, Zakiyyah Askia, a plumbing apprentice in a program run by the nonprofit Chicago Women in Trades, welds pipes at a high rise residence under construction in Chicago. On Friday, May 3, the Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers, issues its index of non-manufacturing activity for April. (AP Photo/Teresa Crawford, File)
May 03, 2019 - 10:40 am
U.S. service companies grew at a slower pace in April, as business activity generally showed a leveling off. The Institute for Supply Management, an association of purchasing managers, reported Friday that its service index fell to 55.5% last month, down from 56.1% in March. Any reading above 50...
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FILE - In this March 7, 2019, photo visitors to the Pittsburgh veterans job fair meet with recruiters at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. On Friday, May 3, the U.S. government issues the April jobs report. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)
May 03, 2019 - 10:40 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers added a robust 263,000 jobs in April, suggesting that businesses have shrugged off earlier concerns that the economy might slow this year and now anticipate strong customer demand. The unemployment rate fell to a five-decade low of 3.6% from 3.8%, though that drop...
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May 03, 2019 - 7:32 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the April jobs report (all times local): 8:30 a.m. Hiring jumped in April as U.S. employers added 263,000 jobs, a strong gain that suggests businesses have shrugged off any concerns the economy may slow this year. The Labor Department says the unemployment rate fell...
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