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Wall Street hits 3-month high as inflation cools

Aug. 10, 2022 16:46 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks rallied to three-month highs on Wall Street Wednesday as investors welcomed a government report showing that inflation cooled more than expected last month. The encouraging inflation update sparked speculation that the Federal Reserve may not have to remain...

Lower prices offer Americans slight reprieve from inflation

Aug. 10, 2022 16:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Falling prices for gas, airline tickets and clothes gave Americans a little bit of relief last month, though overall inflation is still running at close to its highest level in four decades. Consumer prices jumped 8.5% in July compared with a year earlier, the...

Asian stocks fall ahead of US inflation

Aug. 10, 2022 00:25 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stocks followed Wall Street lower Wednesday ahead of U.S. inflation data that traders worry will show upward pressure on prices still is too strong for the Federal Reserve to ease off interest rate hikes. Shanghai, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Seoul declined. Oil...

Public sector strike cripples cash-strapped Lebanon

Aug. 09, 2022 02:58 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Tarek Younes was once solidly middle class and felt he helped contribute to society as an inspector in the Lebanese government’s consumer protection agency. But the country's economic free-fall has eroded his income and civic pride. In his desperation, Younes has...

Asian shares mostly decline on global technology downturn

Aug. 08, 2022 23:57 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares mostly declined Tuesday amid a global fall in technology shares, including Japan's SoftBank, which has reported hefty losses caused by the market downturn. Such worries are coming on top of concerns about inflation and what central banks might do to curb...

EXPLAINER: How do we know when a recession has begun?

Aug. 05, 2022 14:54 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Whether the U.S. economy is heading for a recession got more difficult to answer Friday, when a report showed employers hired hundreds of thousands more workers last month than expected. The stunning strength made clear that a linchpin of the economy remains...

5 key takeaways from the July jobs report

Aug. 05, 2022 13:39 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — July's jobs report was a stunner, in more ways than one. Despite raging inflation and anxiety about a possible recession, employers created 528,000 jobs last month, more than double market expectations. That's the fastest pace of hiring since February. While the...

India raises interest rate to 5.4%, in 3rd hike since May

Aug. 05, 2022 05:26 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s central bank on Friday raised its key interest rate by 50 basis points to 5.4% in its third such hike since May as it focuses on containing inflation. Reserve Bank of India Governor Shaktikanta Das projected inflation at 6.7% in this financial year. June...

Asian stock markets rise ahead of US jobs data

Aug. 04, 2022 23:50 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets rose Friday ahead of an update on the health of the U.S. jobs market while the Federal Reserve weighs whether more rate hikes are needed to cool surging inflation. U.S. futures and oil prices edged higher. Investors were looking...

Bank of England predicts recession at the end of the year

Aug. 04, 2022 13:31 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Bank of England announced its biggest interest rate increase in 27 years on Thursday as it forecast that the war in Ukraine would fuel further inflation and tip the U.K. economy into a prolonged recession. Soaring natural gas prices are likely to drive consumer...