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Stocks end lower; S&P 500 notches 2nd straight weekly gain

Oct. 18, 2019 5:19 PM EDT

The S&P 500 index closed out an uneven week of trading on Wall Street with its second straight weekly gain, even though stock indexes ended lower Friday. Technology companies led the slide, which erased the major U.S. indexes' gains from the day before. Communication services, industrials and health care...

Markets Right Now: Technology stocks lead US indexes lower

Oct. 18, 2019 4:09 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local): 4:00 p.m. Stocks are closing lower Wall Street Friday, weighed down by losses in technology and communications companies. Microsoft lost 1.6% Friday, and Facebook gave up 2.4%. Makers of consumer products were bucking the...

Asian shares mixed on caution over China-US trade deal

Oct. 17, 2019 1:01 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Asian shares were mixed Thursday after officials signaled work remains to be done on an agreement for a truce in the tariff war between the U.S. and China. Hong Kong led regional gains after its chief executive, Carrie Lam, announced help for the property sector. The semi-autonomous city's...

Stocks rise on trade progress, S&P 500 notches weekly gain

Oct. 11, 2019 5:20 PM EDT

The S&P 500 finished with its first weekly gain in four weeks Friday as investors welcomed a thaw in the punishing trade war between the U.S. and China. After two days of negotiations in Washington, the U.S. agreed to suspend a planned hike in tariffs on $250 billion of Chinese goods that had been set to kick...

Asian stocks follow Wall Street higher on trade optimism

Oct. 10, 2019 11:58 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets followed Wall Street higher Friday on optimism about U.S.-Chinese talks on ending a tariff war. Benchmarks in Tokyo, Hong Kong and Seoul advanced, while Shanghai edged lower following a week of gains. Traders were encouraged by President Donald Trump's plan to meet...

Asian shares mostly higher amid renewed trade deal hopes

Oct. 10, 2019 12:09 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were mixed Thursday following broad gains on Wall Street as investors pondered mixed reports on the likelihood of progress in resolving the trade war between the U.S. and China. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 added 0.3% to 21,509.54 in early trading. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 lost...

Markets Right Now: Stocks notch their first gain of the week

Oct. 9, 2019 4:08 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local): 4 p.m. Stocks are closing broadly higher on Wall Street, giving the market its first gain this week. Technology companies and banks led the way higher Wednesday. Microsoft rose 1.9% and Citigroup climbed 1.6%. The gains came...

Asian shares rise despite worries on US-China talks

Oct. 7, 2019 11:32 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares rose Tuesday despite continuing worries about the health of the global economy ahead of trade talks between the U.S. and China. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 gained 1.1% to 21,604.16 in early trading. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 added nearly 0.6% to 6,599.60, while South Korea's...

Iranian hackers said to target presidential campaign

Oct. 4, 2019 6:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Microsoft said Friday that hackers linked to the Iranian government targeted a U.S. presidential campaign, as well as government officials, media targets and prominent expatriate Iranians. Overall, the hackers attempted to penetrate 241 accounts — four successfully — though...

Crusading tech mogul aims to prove CEOs can be activists too

Oct. 4, 2019 12:04 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Salesforce founder Marc Benioff oversees a $130 billion software empire from a 62-story skyscraper that towers above everything else in San Francisco. But he sits uneasily in his lofty perch because of a worsening economic divide on the streets down below, where the lavish pay doled...