Leading economic indicators

A man stands next to an electronic board showing Hong Kong share index outside a local bank in Hong Kong, Thursday, March 7, 2019. Asian shares are mostly lower as optimism about progress in trade talks between the U.S. and China started wearing off. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
March 07, 2019 - 6:05 am
TOKYO (AP) — Global shares were mostly lower Thursday as optimism about progress in trade talks between the U.S. and China appeared to be wearing thin. France's CAC 40 slid 0.4 percent in midday trading to 5,268, while Germany's DAX lost 0.5 percent to 11,532. Britain's FTSE 100 declined 0.4...
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FILE- In this Feb. 15, 2019, file photo trader John Panin works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EST on Wednesday, March 6. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
March 06, 2019 - 2:03 pm
Stocks marched lower on Wall Street in Wednesday afternoon trading, placing the market on track for its third straight loss. Health care, technology and energy companies accounted for the bulk of the market's slide, offsetting gains in materials and utilities stocks. Several retailers also rose...
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People walk by an electronic stock board of a securities firm in Tokyo, Wednesday, March 6, 2019. Asian markets were mostly higher Wednesday after a listless day of modest losses on Wall Street. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
March 06, 2019 - 6:13 am
BANGKOK (AP) — World stock markets mostly turned lower on Wednesday on concerns for global growth and after another round of talks on Britain's exit from the European Union proved inconclusive. Germany's DAX fell 0.2 percent to 11,594 while the CAC40 in France declined 0.1 percent, to 5,290 after...
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A woman walks by an electronic stock board of a securities firm in Tokyo, Wednesday, March 6, 2019. Asian markets were mostly higher Wednesday after a listless day of modest losses on Wall Street. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
March 05, 2019 - 10:41 pm
BANGKOK (AP) — Asian markets were mostly higher Wednesday after a listless day of modest losses on Wall Street. Chinese benchmarks led the advance, lifted by promises the legislature will enact measures to open the economy and cool trade tensions. The Shanghai Composite index jumped 0.9 percent to...
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FILE- In this Nov. 20, 2018, file photo an American flag flies outside New York Stock Exchange. Stocks are opening broadly higher on Wall Street following reports that the U.S. and China are getting closer to a deal on trade. Technology stocks, industrial and internet companies were among the biggest gainers in early trading Monday, March 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
March 04, 2019 - 10:21 pm
BANGKOK (AP) — Shares have declined in most Asian markets, tracking an overnight sell-off on Wall Street. But stocks in Shanghai and Shenzhen advanced early Tuesday after the government set an ambitious target for growth this year that implies strong government support for the economy. The Shanghai...
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A currency trader watches computer monitors at the foreign exchange dealing room in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, March 4, 2019. Asian stocks rose Monday after news reports said Washington and Beijing are close to reaching an agreement as early as this month to end their costly tariff war. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
March 04, 2019 - 6:20 am
BEIJING (AP) — Most global stocks rose Monday after news reports said Washington and Beijing are close to an agreement to end their costly tariff war. Benchmarks in London, Frankfurt, Shanghai and Tokyo advanced after Bloomberg News and The Wall Street Journal, citing unidentified sources, said...
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A currency trader walks by the screen showing the Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) at the foreign exchange dealing room in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, March 4, 2019. Asian stocks rose Monday after news reports said Washington and Beijing are close to reaching an agreement as early as this month to end their costly tariff war. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
March 03, 2019 - 9:59 pm
BEIJING (AP) — Asian stocks rose Monday after news reports said Washington and Beijing are close to reaching an agreement as early as this month to end their costly tariff war. Benchmarks in Shanghai, Tokyo and Seoul advanced after Bloomberg News and The Wall Street Journal, citing unidentified...
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FILE- In this Feb. 15, 2019, file photo trader Tommy Kalikas 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 1. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
March 01, 2019 - 3:58 pm
Health care and technology companies helped lift U.S. stocks higher Friday, breaking a three-day losing streak for the S&P 500 and giving the benchmark index its fifth consecutive weekly gain. Renewed optimism for a potential resolution to the U.S.-China trade conflict helped put investors in a...
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FILE- In this Dec. 17, 2018, file photo, a pair of athletic shoes designed for the military are laced up at a New Balance factory in Norridgewock, Maine. On Friday, March 1, 2019, the Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers, issues its index of manufacturing activity for February. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)
March 01, 2019 - 9:13 am
BALTIMORE (AP) — American manufacturers expanded at a slower rate in February, as the pace of new orders, production and employment each slipped. The Institute for Supply Management, an association of purchasing managers, says that its manufacturing index fell to 54.2 last month, down from 56.6 in...
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FILE- In this Dec. 24, 2018, file photo Devyn Kirkpatrick looks over a discounted winter coat at a Columbia store as last-minute shoppers finish up their Christmas gift lists at the Outlet Malls in Castle Rock in Castle Rock, Colo. On Friday, March 1, 2019, the Commerce Department issues its December report on consumer spending, which accounts for roughly 70 percent of U.S. economic activity. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
March 01, 2019 - 9:10 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer spending tumbled 0.5 percent in December, the biggest decline in nine years, as the holiday shopping season ended in disappointment. Meanwhile, incomes rose sharply in December but edged down in January. The fall in consumer spending followed sizable gains of 0.7...
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