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Powell says financial crisis accelerated economic changes

Jul. 16, 2019 2:54 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said Tuesday that the 2008 financial crisis accelerated major changes in the U.S. and global economies, leading to slower growth, lower inflation and lower interest rates. Delivering remarks to a Paris economic conference, Powell said that since the...

Global shares edge up on upbeat US earnings reports

Jul. 16, 2019 8:34 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Global stock markets were mostly higher on Tuesday after several major U.S. companies reported quarterly earnings that were better than expected. France's CAC 40 was up 0.6% to 5,611, while Germany's DAX was 0.4% higher at 12,432. Britain's FTSE 100 gained 0.5% to 7,566. U.S. shares looked set...

Asian shares mixed in lackluster trading, Nikkei falls 0.6%

Jul. 16, 2019 12:00 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were little changed and mixed in quiet trading Tuesday amid a lack of fresh market-moving news as investors looked ahead to earnings season. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 lost 0.6% in early trading to 21,549.68. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 edged 0.1% higher to 6,657.20. South...

Stocks climb to records on hopes for lower interest rates

Jul. 12, 2019 4:30 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The major U.S. stock indexes closed at record highs on Friday, with the S&P 500 ending above 3,000 for the first time. The market was driven higher by technology, consumer discretionary and industrial company stocks, which more than offset the drop in drugmakers. Investors continued to...

World shares mostly higher after Wall St sets new records

Jul. 12, 2019 6:58 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — World shares were mostly higher on Friday after Wall Street ended overnight with the Dow Jones Industrial Average closing above 27,000 for the first time. Germany's DAX edged 5.68 points higher to 12,337.80 while the CAC 40 in France surged 0.6% to 5,585.27. Britain's FTSE climbed 0.3% to...

Asian shares mostly higher after Wall St sets new records

Jul. 12, 2019 12:19 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Shares in Asia are mostly higher after a turbulent day on Wall Street ended with the Dow Jones Industrial Average closing above 27,000 for the first time. Japan's Nikkei 225 index edged 0.1% higher to 21,674.14 and the Hang Seng in Hong Kong added 0.5% to 28,575.96. The Shanghai Composite...

Powell sends further signals of future rate cuts

Jul. 11, 2019 5:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell, testifying for a second day before Congress, said Thursday that the economy is in a "very good place" despite headwinds and that the Fed is prepared to do what it can to "keep it there." Powell's comments before the Senate Banking Committee...

One reason for a Fed cut: Powell now fears too-low inflation

Jul. 11, 2019 5:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a shift from just a few months ago, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell is worried that too-low inflation could persist for a while — and undercut the U.S. economy. Powell's concern is a key reason why the Fed will likely cut short-term interest rates late this month for the...

The Latest: Powell says tariffs, immigration slow housing

Jul. 11, 2019 11:55 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell's presentation of the Fed's semi-annual monetary report to the Senate Banking Committee. (all times local): 11:40 a.m. Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell says homebuilders are having a harder time building lower-cost housing because...

World shares mostly rise after Fed signals US rate cut

Jul. 11, 2019 7:40 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Global shares mostly rose Thursday after Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell suggested the U.S. central bank is ready to cut interest rates for the first time in a decade. The Fed chairman told Congress in his semi-annual report that many in the U.S. central bank believe a weakening...