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With eyes on election, White House insists economy is strong

Aug. 19, 2019 9:17 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The "fundamentals" of the U.S. economy are solid, the White House asserted Monday, invoking an ill-fated political declaration of a decade ago amid mounting concern that a recession could imperil President Donald Trump's reelection. Exhibiting no such concern, senior adviser Kellyanne...

Technology companies drive a broad rally on Wall Street

Aug. 19, 2019 5:09 PM EDT

Technology companies powered a rally on Wall Street Monday that gave the market its third straight gain. The surge in tech stocks followed a decision by the U.S. to give Chinese telecom giant Huawei another 90 days to buy equipment from American suppliers. Chipmakers including Qualcomm, Intel and Micron, all...

Q&A: Recession jitters are rising. Is there reason to worry?

Aug. 19, 2019 4:22 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nerves are being frayed by a global economy that increasingly looks breakable. Growth is stalling. Factory output is down. Oil demand is off. U.S. tariffs on China have slowed trade. Investors have crowded into government bonds and sent interest rates sliding in a way that has often...

74% of economists in survey see US recession by end of 2021

Aug. 19, 2019 2:03 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A strong majority, 74%, of U.S. business economists appear sufficiently concerned about the risks of some of President Donald Trump's economic policies that they expect a recession in the U.S. by the end of 2021. The economists surveyed by the National Association for Business Economics,...

Trump calls on Federal Reserve to cut interest rates

Aug. 19, 2019 1:02 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is calling on the Federal Reserve to cut interest rates by at least a full percentage point "over a fairly short period of time," saying that such an action would make the U.S. economy even better and would also "greatly and quickly" enhance the global economy. In...

Editorials from around Ohio

Aug. 19, 2019 9:31 AM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Ohio newspapers: Statewide bail reform needs the imprimatur of the Ohio Supreme Court Cleveland Plain Dealer Aug. 18 The seven justices of the Ohio Supreme Court have yet to act on nine powerful bail-reform recommendations from a high-level task force the...

Trump dismisses worries of recession, says economy is strong

Aug. 19, 2019 4:28 AM EDT

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump dismissed concerns of recession on Sunday and offered an optimistic outlook for the economy after last week's steep drop in the financial markets. "I don't think we're having a recession," Trump told reporters as he returned to Washington from his New...

Signs of recession worry Trump ahead of 2020

Aug. 17, 2019 6:29 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is warning of an economic crash if he loses reelection, arguing that even voters who personally dislike him should base their ballots on the nation's strong growth and low unemployment rate. But privately, Trump is growing increasingly worried the economy won't look...

Weak global growth likely to mean US slowdown, not recession

Aug. 15, 2019 8:07 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — How fragile is the global economy? The U.S.-China trade war is weakening businesses in both countries, Germany's economy shrank in the second quarter, and Britain appears headed for a disruptive exit from the European Union this fall. Those trends have hammered American manufacturers and...

Asian stocks lower after US indexes tumble on recession fear

Aug. 15, 2019 12:35 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets followed Wall Street lower on Thursday after the Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged on mounting fears of a possible recession. Market benchmarks in Shanghai, Tokyo and Hong Kong all retreated. U.S. investors dumped stocks, sending the Dow into its biggest one-day drop...