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Fresh US-China trade worries erase early gains for stocks

Sep. 20, 2019 6:06 PM EDT

Wall Street closed out a volatile week with losses Friday as investors worried that upcoming trade talks aimed at resolving the costly trade war between Washington and Beijing could be in trouble. The selling, which erased modest early gains for the market, snapped a three-week win streak for the S&P 500. The...

Fed announces plans to provide more support for repo market

Sep. 20, 2019 4:47 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve will keep pumping cash into a vital but obscure corner of U.S. financial markets in coming weeks. The New York Federal Reserve Bank, which handles the central bank's interactions with financial markets, said Friday that it will offer daily repurchase, or "repo,"...

2 Federal Reserve officials highlight deep divisions

Sep. 20, 2019 12:36 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two Federal Reserve officials who dissented from this week's quarter-point rate cut on Friday highlighted the current deep divisions at the central bank. Eric Rosengren, head of the Fed's Boston regional bank and one of two officials who opposed the rate cut, said Friday that the...

Global stocks ending action-packed week solidly

Sep. 20, 2019 8:43 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Global stock markets traded in fairly narrow ranges on Friday at the end of a fairly eventful week that saw oil prices spike sharply after attacks on Saudi oil facilities and the Federal Reserve cut interest rates again. Though oil prices are up strongly on the week, there's been an element...

Asian shares mostly higher as China cuts loan rate

Sep. 20, 2019 12:08 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Asian shares were mostly higher on Friday after a lackluster session on Wall Street, as investors shifted their focus to China-U.S. trade talks after a busy week of central bank news. Japan's Nikkei 225 index gained 0.4% to 22,135.98 and the Shanghai Composite index rose 0.2% to 3,004.48....

Fed rushes to plug cash shortage in short-term loan market

Sep. 19, 2019 6:10 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A peculiar thing is happening in financial markets this week: an oft-overlooked corner of Wall Street where banks and others go for billions of dollars in short-term loans is suddenly in need of cash. To that end, the Federal Reserve has stepped in to inject about $200 billion over the...

President Trump says Fed Chair Powell's job is 'safe'

Sep. 19, 2019 12:36 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite all of his attacks on the Federal Reserve, President Donald Trump says Chairman Jerome Powell's job is safe. Asked in an interview with Fox News if Powell's job was safe, Trump said, "It's safe. Yes, it's safe. I mean, sure, why not." In the interview broadcast Thursday, Trump did...

World shares mixed following Fed's decision to cut rates

Sep. 19, 2019 8:20 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — European stock markets pushed higher Thursday as traders had their first chance to respond to the U.S. Federal Reserve's widely anticipated decision to cut its benchmark interest rate for the second time this year. In Europe, Germany's DAX was up 0.3% to 12,422 while the FTSE 100 index of...

Can green investment help relaunch Germany's economy?

Sep. 19, 2019 7:58 AM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — A recession looms for Germany and the European Central Bank is pleading for governments to spend more to revitalize economic growth. Yet despite having the luxury of borrowing money for less than nothing, the German government is keeping a tight rein on its finances. A debate over...

Norway's central bank raises key policy rate again

Sep. 19, 2019 5:04 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Norway's central bank has decided to raise its key policy rate by 0.25 percentage points to 1.50% Norges Bank says economic growth in the Scandinavian country "remains solid, and capacity utilization is somewhat above a normal level." In Thursday's statement, it noted that "the...