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US retail sales rose a modest 0.3% in October

Nov. 15, 2019 11:05 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans stepped up their shopping last month, spending more online and buying more cars, evidence that consumers can still drive the economy’s growth. Still, the details of the report were weaker than expected, economists said, and several analysts reduced their forecasts for...

Stock prices surge on bullish talk on China-US trade deal

Nov. 15, 2019 12:27 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Shares advanced in Asia on Friday after White House officials said China and the U.S. were getting close to an agreement to cool tensions over trade. Markets have swung from euphoria to alarm as officials in Beijing and Washington offered conflicting opinions about the state of the...

Markets Right Now: S&P 500 ekes out a record at the close

Nov. 14, 2019 4:17 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local): 4 p.m. The S&P 500 has eked out a new record on an otherwise uneventful day on Wall Street. The benchmark index closed with a gain of 2 points at 3,096, its third straight increase after a decline on Monday....

Powell urges Congress to tackle growing budget deficit

Nov. 14, 2019 3:23 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell on Thursday urged Congress to tackle the growing budget deficit but also underscored the current health of the nation’s economy. Powell’s testimony before the House Budget Committee came a day after he told Congress’ Joint...

US long-term mortgage rates rise; 30-year at 3.75%

Nov. 14, 2019 1:38 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. long-term mortgage rates rose this week amid optimism over prospects for the U.S. economy. Rates remain at historically low levels, however, as an incentive to prospective homebuyers. Mortgage giant Freddie Mac said Thursday the average rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage jumped...

The Latest: Powell dismisses recession concerns

Nov. 14, 2019 11:30 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell’s testimony before the House Budget Committee on Thursday (all times local): ___ 11:30 a.m. Fed Chairman Jerome Powell says the United States has the “star economy” in the world at the moment and there is no reason...

US producer prices up 0.4% in October

Nov. 14, 2019 8:58 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. producer prices rose 0.4% in October, the biggest jump in six months, reflecting a surge in energy costs. The Labor Department said Thursday that the October increase in its producer price index, which measures price pressures before they reach consumers, followed a 0.3% decrease in...

Global markets lower amid uncertainty about US-China trade

Nov. 14, 2019 7:58 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Global stock markets slipped Thursday amid doubts about a U.S.-Chinese trade deal and after the U.S. Federal Reserve chairman said it is likely to leave its benchmark interest rate unchanged. London and Frankfurt were trading lower after Tokyo and Hong Kong closed down for the day. Wall...

Asian markets mixed after Wall Street high

Nov. 13, 2019 11:20 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets were mixed Thursday amid doubts about the status of a U.S.-Chinese trade deal after the U.S. Federal Reserve’s chairman said it is likely to leave its benchmark interest rate unchanged. Investors were wary after The Wall Street Journal reported Chinese negotiators...

US budget deficit surges to $134.5 billion in October

Nov. 13, 2019 5:10 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government, which ended the 2019 budget year with its largest deficit in seven years, began the new budget year with a deficit in October that was 33.8% bigger than a year ago as spending hit a record. The Treasury Department said Wednesday that the deficit last month totaled...