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Stocks rise after release of Fed meeting minutes

Jul. 06, 2022 16:50 PM EDT

Wall Street capped another choppy day of trading Wednesday with modest gains for the major stock indexes, after investors combed the minutes from the Federal Reserve's most recent interest rate policy meeting for clues about what the central bank may do next to fight inflation. The...

How major US stock indexes fared Wednesday 7/6/2022

Jul. 06, 2022 16:29 PM EDT

Stocks are closing higher on Wall Street Wednesday following the release of minutes from the Federal Reserve’s most recent policy meeting. The S&P 500, the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the Nasdaq all finished the day in the green after a choppy day of trading. Minutes from...

Fed: Sharply higher rates may be needed to quell inflation

Jul. 06, 2022 15:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve officials were concerned at their meeting last month that consumers were increasingly anticipating higher inflation, and they signaled that much higher interest rates could be needed to restrain it. The policymakers also acknowledged, in minutes...

World shares mostly higher ahead of July 4 holiday in US

Jul. 04, 2022 05:34 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — World shares are mostly higher while U.S. futures fell ahead of the July 4 holiday in the U.S. Benchmarks rose in London, Paris, Frankfurt and Tokyo but fell in Hong Kong and Seoul. Last week was the fourth losing week in the last five for Wall Street as investors...

This Week: Fed minutes, Levi Strauss earns, jobs report

Jul. 04, 2022 01:04 AM EDT

A look at some of the key business events and economic indicators upcoming this week: CLOSE-UP ON THE FED The Federal Reserve serves up the minutes from its most recent interest rate policy meeting Wednesday. At the meeting last month, the central bank...

Wall Street closes higher but still ends week in the red

Jul. 01, 2022 17:03 PM EDT

Stocks on Wall Street shook off a downbeat start and ended broadly higher Friday, though the rebound was not enough to erase their losses for the week. The S&P 500 rose 1.1% after having been down 0.9% in the early going. The gain snapped a four-day losing streak for the...

Asian shares mostly lower after pessimistic 'tankan' survey

Jun. 30, 2022 23:50 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Asian benchmarks were mostly lower on Friday, echoing a decline on Wall Street, after a quarterly report by Japan’s central bank rekindled worries about the world’s third largest economy. Recent data suggest global growth is slowing as countries grapple with...

From stocks to crypto, a punishing six months for investors

Jun. 30, 2022 17:23 PM EDT

Americans with stock portfolios or retirement investment plans would likely prefer to forget the last six months. The S&P 500, Wall Street’s broad benchmark for many stock funds, closed the first half of 2022 with a loss of more than 20% after starting the year at an all-time...

Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates ease to 5.7%

Jun. 30, 2022 10:18 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates eased back this week after shooting up nearly three-quarters of a point in recent weeks. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac reported Thursday that the 30-year rate fell to 5.70% this week from 5.81% last week. One year ago, however,...

Key inflation gauge tracked by the Fed remains a high 6.3%

Jun. 30, 2022 09:21 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A measure of inflation that is closely tracked by the Federal Reserve jumped 6.3% in May from a year earlier, unchanged from its level in April. Thursday's report from the Commerce Department provided the latest evidence that painfully high inflation is pressuring...