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Trader Michael Milano works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020. Stocks are opening broadly higher on Wall Street a day after the S&P 500 had its biggest drop since early October. Technology companies were putting up some of the biggest gains early Tuesday. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Stocks indexes gain on Wall Street a day after a big drop

Jan. 28, 2020 5:16 PM EST

Stocks closed broadly higher on Wall Street Tuesday, reversing a big slice of the market’s losses from a sharp sell-off the day before. The rebound ended a five-day losing streak for the Dow Jones Industrial Average fueled largely by fears that the spread of a new virus in China could hamper global...

FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2019, file photo Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell arrives to speak at a news conference after the Federal Open Market Committee meeting in Washington. For the first time in years, Federal Reserve officials will hold their latest policy meeting this week feeling broadly satisfied with where interest rates are and with seemingly no inclination to change them anytime soon. Powell has expressed a sense of gratification with Fed policy. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Fed seems content with low rates but confronts challenges

Jan. 27, 2020 11:28 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — For the first time in years, Federal Reserve officials will hold their latest policy meeting this week feeling broadly satisfied with where interest rates are and with seemingly no inclination to change them anytime soon. Chairman Jerome Powell has expressed a sense of gratification with...

This Week: Consumer confidence, Fed meeting, Amazon earns

Jan. 27, 2020 1:00 AM EST

A look at some of the key business events and economic indicators upcoming this week: EYE ON CONSUMERS Economists project that a barometer of U.S. consumer confidence rebounded after declining last month. They expect that the Conference Board's consumer confidence index rose to 128.4 this month, reflecting...

President of European Central Bank Christine Lagarde smiles prior to a press conference following a meeting of the governing council in Frankfurt, Germany, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

European Central Bank holds rates, launches policy review

Jan. 23, 2020 11:54 AM EST

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The European Central Bank has decided to launch a top-to-bottom review of how it steers the economy in the 19 countries that use the euro currency. The review, the first since the global financial crisis, could include tweaking the bank's goal for inflation and finding ways to...

European Central Bank keeps interest rates, stimulus programs on hold, launches review of strategy

Jan. 23, 2020 7:48 AM EST
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — European Central Bank keeps interest rates, stimulus programs on hold, launches review of strategy.
FILE - In this Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020 file photo, anti-government protesters smash a bank widows, during ongoing protests against the Lebanese central bank's governor and against the deepening financial crisis, at Hamra trade street, in Beirut, Lebanon. For years, many Lebanese have lived beyond their means, supporting their out-sized spending with loans and remittances from diaspora relatives. A severe financial crisis and unprecedented capital controls have put a stop to this, uniting rich and poor in anger against a banking system they accuse of holding their deposits hostage. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla, File)

Facing humiliating controls, Lebanese focus fury on banks

Jan. 22, 2020 1:34 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Before picking up cash from a downtown bank in Lebanon's capital, Mey Al Sayegh mentally braces herself for what would have been a routine trip before the country's crippling cash crunch. For starters, it will be at least an hour's wait in line before her turn comes. And if she's lucky,...

President Donald Trump meets with Swiss President Simonetta Sommaruga at the World Economic Forum, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, in Davos, Switzerland. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's Davos remarks rife with distortion

Jan. 21, 2020 5:30 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — On a rarefied world stage in the Swiss Alps, President Donald Trump cited accomplishments on clean air that aren't real, a level of economic progress he hasn't achieved and a blue-collar boom yet to be seen. His preening performance at the Davos economic conference was rife with...

Clouds drift over the European Central Bank, right, in Frankfurt, Germany, Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

Central banks join to study possible digital currencies

Jan. 21, 2020 9:58 AM EST

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Major central banks have joined together to explore whether they should issue digital currencies as the use of cash declines and more people turn to electronic forms of paying. The study group is made up of the European Central Bank, the Bank of Japan, the Bank of Canada, the...

A worker cleans up an electronic stock board of a securities firm in Tokyo, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. Asian stock markets have tumbled as concern about the impact of a Chinese disease outbreak on tourism and regional economies grows. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

Global stocks slide on growing concern about China virus

Jan. 21, 2020 8:28 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Stock and oil prices fell Tuesday as concern about the potential impact of a Chinese disease outbreak increased and a rating agency cut Hong Kong's credit rating for official borrowing due to political tension. Indexes in London and Frankfurt declined and Shanghai, Tokyo and Hong Kong closed...

An employee works in a chemical fiber plant in Nantong in eastern China's Jiangsu Province, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. China's economic growth sank to a new multi-decade low in 2019 as Beijing fought a tariff war with Washington, but forecasters said a U.S.-Chinese trade truce might help to revive consumer and business activity. (Chinatopix via AP)

IMF: Low rates and reduced trade tension to aid world growth

Jan. 20, 2020 8:25 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Low interest rates and reduced trade tensions will likely buoy the global economy over the next two years and help nurture steady if modest growth. That's the view of the International Monetary Fund, which foresees world economic growth accelerating from 2.9% last year to 3.3% in 2020 and...