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Currency traders watch monitors at the foreign exchange dealing room of the KEB Hana Bank headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. Shares advanced in early Asian trading after a slide in U.S. stocks Tuesday as a virus outbreak in China rattled global markets. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Asian shares higher after selloffs spurred by Chinese virus

Jan. 21, 2020 11:08 PM EST

Shares mostly rose in early Asian trading on Wednesday after a slide in U.S. stocks overnight as a virus outbreak in China rattled global markets. Japan's Nikkei 225 index climbed 0.6% to 24,013.15 and the Kospi in South Korea surged 0.8% to 2,256.95. In Hong Kong, the Hang Seng jumped 0.8% to 28,216.78. The...

Migrants from Bangladesh push a trolley with collected plastic items as they pass in front the Bank of Greece headquarters in Athens, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

Creditors start checkup as Greece seeks lower budget targets

Jan. 20, 2020 8:29 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Officials from Greece's bailout-creditor institutions are in Athens for an inspection of the country's public finances, as the center-right government is pressing for more lenient budget performance targets. The weeklong inspection began Monday, and involves the European Commission,...

US Treasury announces it will begin selling new 20-year bond

Jan. 16, 2020 6:29 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Treasury, faced with financing budget deficits topping $1 trillion annually, is introducing a new 20-year bond. The new 20-year bond was chosen after officials considered proposals for a 50-year or 100-year bond, Treasury said in a statement Thursday. It said the new 20-year bond...

FILE - This April 13, 2019, file photo, shows homes in suburban Salt Lake City. On Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, Freddie Mac reports on this week’s average U.S. mortgage rates. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

US long-term mortgage rates fall; 30-year loan at 3.64%

Jan. 9, 2020 1:30 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. long-term mortgage rates fell this week to their lowest level in 13 weeks, as financial markets roiled by U.S.-Iran conflict pushed investors toward the safety of Treasury bonds. The yield on Treasury bonds, especially the 10-year note, tends to influence mortgage rates. Mortgage...

Greece's Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, delivers a speech during a parliament session in Athens, on Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019. Greek lawmakers debate on the state budget for 2020. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)

Greece retains negative yield in first debt auction of year

Jan. 8, 2020 8:14 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece has raised 487.5 million euros ($544.4 million) in a treasury bill sale that saw the country maintain its negative interest rate in the first debt auction of the year as the debt-strapped country attempts to regain full market access. The Public Debt Management Agency said the...

FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2019, file photo trader Michael Urkonis, left, and specialist Anthony Matesic work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EST on Friday, Jan. 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Oil prices surge, stocks fall after US kills Iranian general

Jan. 3, 2020 4:59 PM EST

Stocks fell broadly on Wall Street and oil prices surged Friday after a U.S. strike killed a top Iranian general in Iraq, raising tensions in the Middle East. The selling, which lost some momentum toward the end of the day, ended a five-week winning streak for the S&P 500 a day after the benchmark index hit...

Stock traders wear New Year's 2020 party glasses at the New York Stock Exchange, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019. Stocks slipped globally in quiet New Year's Eve trading Tuesday with many markets closed. Wall Street could close 2019 with back-to-back daily losses in a year that the U.S. posted the largest market gains since 2013. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Stocks close out best year since 2013; S&P 500 soars 28.9%

Dec. 31, 2019 6:13 PM EST

Wall Street closed the books Tuesday on a blockbuster 2019 for stock investors, with the broader market delivering its best returns in six years. The S&P 500 finished with a gain of 28.9% for the year, or a total return of 31.5%, including dividends. The Nasdaq composite rose 35.3%. For both indexes it was...

FILE - In this Dec. 5, 2019, file photo trader James MacGilvray works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EST on Monday, Dec. 30. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Asian shares track Wall Street retreat as year winds down

Dec. 30, 2019 11:18 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were lower in quiet New Year's Eve trading, with many markets closed. Tuesday's declines tracked a broad retreat overnight on Wall Street that erased some of the major indexes’ recent gains, though the market remains on track to end the year with its best performance since...

FILE - In this Dec. 13, 2019, file photo trader Sal Suarino works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EST on Thursday, Dec. 19. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Asian shares mixed as markets yawn at Trump's impeachment

Dec. 19, 2019 8:26 PM EST

Stocks were mixed in early trading in Asia on Friday after Wall Street posted more record highs, extending the market's gains for the week. Japan's Nikkei 225 index edged 0.2% lower to 23,809.33, while the Kospi in Seoul was almost unchanged, at 2,196.45. The S&P ASX 200 in Sydney slipped 0.2% to 6,821.10....

Firms to pay $386 million to settle price-fixing allegations

Dec. 17, 2019 1:29 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Thirteen large financial firms are agreeing to pay $337 million to settle claims by Pennsylvania's treasury department and about a dozen other government agencies and pension funds accusing them of inflating the price of bonds issued by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, according to...