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A woman wearing a face mask walks past a bank's electronic board showing the Hong Kong share index at Hong Kong Stock Exchange Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020. Major Asian stock markets declined Wednesday amid investor concern about U.S. stimulus spending and a trade agreement with Beijing. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

Asian shares fall on jitters over US stimulus, China trade

Aug. 4, 2020 11:43 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Major Asian stock markets declined Wednesday amid investor concern about U.S. stimulus spending and a trade agreement with Beijing. Market benchmarks in Shanghai, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Sydney declined. Investors are watching the stalemate among U.S. legislators over employment benefits for...

ADB to lend Thailand $1.5 billion to aid virus response

Aug. 4, 2020 7:10 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — The Asian Development Bank announced Tuesday it will provide a $1.5 billion loan to Thailand to aid its response to the coronavirus pandemic. Thailand’s Cabinet approved the borrowing plan at its weekly meeting, deputy government spokeswoman Ratchada Thanadirek announced separately....

A man lifts his arm as he walks by the New York Stock Exchange, Thursday, July 30, 2020. Stocks are falling on Wall Street Thursday after reports showed that layoffs are continuing at a stubborn pace and that the U.S. economy contracted at a nearly 33% annual rate in the spring. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Asian benchmarks tumble, looking to earnings, central banks

Jul. 31, 2020 12:16 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares tumbled Friday as reports showed layoffs of American workers are persisting at high levels after the U.S. economy contracted at a nearly 33% annual pace in the spring, the worst quarter on record. Earnings reports, a gauge of how well businesses are managing the fallout from the...

A shopper passes a display window with mask covered mannequins at a dress store, Thursday, July 30, 2020, in McAllen, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Record economic plunge, bleak jobs numbers reveal virus toll

Jul. 30, 2020 5:37 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic sent the U.S. economy plunging by a record-shattering 32.9% annual rate last quarter and is still inflicting damage across the country, squeezing already struggling businesses and forcing a wave of layoffs that shows no sign of abating. The economy's collapse in...

Currency trader watch computer monitors near the screen showing the Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) at the foreign exchange dealing room in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, July 30, 2020. Asian stocks advanced Thursday after the U.S. Federal Reserve left interest rates near zero to support a struggling economy. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Asian stocks gain after Fed keep US interest rates low

Jul. 29, 2020 11:49 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stocks advanced Thursday after the U.S. Federal Reserve left interest rates near zero to support a struggling economy. Benchmarks in Shanghai, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Seoul all gained. Lower interest rates and investor optimism about a possible coronavirus vaccine have helped global...

FILE - In this March 3, 2020 file photo, Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell speaks during a news conference to discuss an announcement from the Federal Open Market Committee, in Washington.  Federal Reserve officials are grappling this week with the timing and scope of their next policy moves at a time when the raging viral pandemic has weakened the U.S. economy. No major changes are likely when the Fed releases a statement Wednesday, July 29,  after its two-day policy meeting ends and just before Powell holds a news conference.  (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Fed sees dim economic outlook as virus squeezes economy

Jul. 29, 2020 5:28 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell warned Wednesday that the viral epidemic is endangering the modest economic recovery that followed a collapse in hiring and spending this spring. As a result, he said, the Fed plans to keep interest rates pinned near zero well into the future. That...

FILE - In this July 13, 2020 file photo, a For Rent sign hangs on a closed shop during the coronavirus pandemic in Miami Beach, Fla.  Having endured what was surely a record-shattering slump last quarter, the U.S. economy faces a dim outlook as a resurgent coronavirus intensifies doubts about the likelihood of any sustained recovery the rest of the year. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

US is expected to report a record-breaking economic plunge

Jul. 29, 2020 2:33 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Having endured what was surely a record-shattering slump last quarter, the U.S. economy faces a dim outlook as a resurgent coronavirus intensifies doubts about any sustained recovery the rest of the year. A huge plunge in consumer spending as people stayed home and avoided shopping,...

Text of the Fed's statement after its meeting Wednesday

Jul. 29, 2020 2:11 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Below is the statement the Fed released Wednesday after its policy meeting ended: The Federal Reserve is committed to using its full range of tools to support the U.S. economy in this challenging time, thereby promoting its maximum employment and price stability goals. The coronavirus...

Fed sketches dim outlook for US economy amid pandemic and signals it will keep rates pinned near zero

Jul. 29, 2020 2:00 PM EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Fed sketches dim outlook for US economy amid pandemic and signals it will keep rates pinned near zero.
FILE - In this June 30, 2020 file photo, Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell testifies during a House Financial Services Committee hearing on the coronavirus response on Capitol Hill in Washington.  The Federal Reserve has opened one of its lending programs to nonprofit groups, including hospitals, educational institutions, and social service organizations. The Fed said Friday, July 17,  that its Main Street Lending Program, which is targeted to mid-sized businesses, will now extend credit to nonprofits with at least 10 employees and endowments of less than $3 billion. (Tasos Katopodis/Pool via AP, File)

Fed wrestles with its next moves as virus stalls US economy

Jul. 29, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve officials are grappling this week with the timing and scope of their next policy moves at a time when the raging viral pandemic has weakened the U.S. economy. No major changes are likely when the Fed releases a statement Wednesday after its two-day policy meeting ends and...