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FILE - In this Oct. 13, 2019, file photo a farmer harvests soybeans in a field near Concordia, Mo. On Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, the Labor Department releases the Producer Price Index for December. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

US wholesale prices up slight 0.1% in December

Jan. 15, 2020 8:44 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. wholesale prices rose a slight 0.1% in December as a jump in the cost of energy was offset by falling food prices. The Labor Department said Wednesday the December increase in its producer price index, which measures inflation pressures before they reach the consumer, followed no...

US wholesale prices up slight 0.1% in December as energy increase offset by food drop

Jan. 15, 2020 8:32 AM EST
WASHINGTON (AP) — US wholesale prices up slight 0.1% in December as energy increase offset by food drop.
Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England speaks at a Bank of England Financial Stability Report Press Conference, in London, Monday, Dec. 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth,pool)

UK inflation at lowest since late 2016, stokes rate cut talk

Jan. 15, 2020 6:23 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Inflation in Britain has fallen to its lowest level since November 2016, official figures showed Wednesday, heightening expectations that the Bank of England will cut interest rates this month. The Office for National Statistics said consumer prices rose by 1.3% in the year to December, down...

FILE - In this Sept. 17, 2019, file  photo, a sign outside a gas station displays current prices for fuel in Orlando, Fla. The Labor Department said Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, that its consumer price index rose 0.2% last month, lifted by a 2.8% increase in gasoline prices. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)

Rising energy costs lift US consumer prices 0.2% in December

Jan. 14, 2020 1:29 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rising energy costs drove U.S. consumer prices higher in December, and American workers’ earnings couldn’t keep up. The Labor Department said Tuesday that its consumer price index rose 0.2% last month, lifted by a 2.8% increase in gasoline prices. Over the past year,...

Recent Missouri editorials

Jan. 14, 2020 9:10 AM EST

The Jefferson City News-Tribune, Jan. 12 Missouri —and more specifically, Jefferson City — has had a love-hate relationship with gambling. In 1984, state voters authorized the Missouri Lottery, making it the 23rd statewide lottery. A decade later, both city and state voters approved riverboat...

A man walks past an electronic stock board showing Japan's Nikkei 225 index at a securities firm in Tokyo Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. Asian shares followed Wall Street higher on Tuesday amid optimism that a trade deal between the U.S. and China will be a boon for the regional economy.(AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Global shares slip ahead of US-China 'Phase 1' trade deal

Jan. 14, 2020 7:11 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Global stocks mostly edged lower on Tuesday as investors looked to the signing of a trade deal between the U.S. and China as well as upcoming corporate earnings reports. France's CAC 40 was down 0.3% at 6,015, while Germany's DAX shed 0.2% to 13,429. while. Britain's FTSE 100 dropped 0.2% as...

FILE - In this Jan. 3, 2020, file photo the New York Stock Exchange is framed by the columns at Federal Hall National Memorial in New York. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EST on Friday, Jan. 10. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

US stocks pull back from records following jobs report

Jan. 10, 2020 4:31 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks fell from their record heights on Friday after a report showed hiring was a touch weaker than expected last month. Employers added 145,000 jobs across the country in December, short of the 160,000 that economists forecast. But the growth was solid enough to bolster Wall...

FILE - In this Aug. 14, 2019, file photo former Fed Chair Janet Yellen speaks with FOX Business Network guest anchor Jon Hilsenrath in the Fox Washington bureau in Washington. In her first year as Federal Reserve chair, Yellen presided over a policy panel divided over the issue of how much longer the central bank could afford to keep its benchmark interest rate at a record low, and how to prepare financial markets for the start of rate hikes. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

2014 Fed conundrum: How to alert markets rates were going up

Jan. 10, 2020 4:06 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — In her first year as Federal Reserve chair, Janet Yellen presided over a policy panel divided over the issue of how much longer the central bank could afford to keep its benchmark interest rate at a record low, and how to prepare financial markets for the start of rate hikes. According to...

A Chinese investor uses his smartphone as he monitors stock prices at a brokerage house in Beijing, Friday, Jan. 10, 2020. Asian shares rose Friday as worries receded the United States and Iran might be stepping closer to the edge of war, and U.S. indexes hit records. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

Asian shares rise after US stocks set records as fears fade

Jan. 9, 2020 11:20 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares rose Friday as worries receded the United States and Iran might be stepping closer to the edge of war, and U.S. indexes hit records. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 edged up 0.2% in morning trading to 23,776.09. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 rose 0.7% to 6,923.50. South Korea's Kospi...

FILE - In this Aug. 24, 2018, file photo John Williams, left, President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and Jerome Powell, Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System walk together after Powell's speech at the Jackson Hole Economic Policy Symposium in Jackson Hole, Wyo. Williams said said Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, that the Fed needs to re-orient its policies toward fighting inflation that is too low, rather than its historic focus on keeping inflation from getting too high. (AP Photo/Jonathan Crosby, File)

Fed should focus on fighting low inflation, official says

Jan. 9, 2020 2:29 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A top Federal Reserve official believes that the U.S. central bank needs to re-orient its thinking and policies toward fighting inflation that is too low, rather than its historic focus on keeping inflation from getting too high. John Williams, president of the New York Federal Reserve...