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Men walk by screens showing Japan's Nikkei 225 index at a securities firm in Tokyo on Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. Asian shares were slightly higher Friday despite some investor attention shifting again to the uncertainties in global economies amid the coronavirus pandemic, as reflected in the overnight fall on Wall Street.(AP Photo/Hiro Komae)
September 18, 2020 - 2:46 am
TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were mostly higher Friday despite some investor attention shifting again to the uncertainties in global economies amid the coronavirus pandemic, as reflected in the overnight fall on Wall Street. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 gained 0.2% to finish at 23,360.30. South Korea'...
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FILE - In this Jan. 3, 2020 file photo, the Wall St. street sign is framed by American flags flying outside the New York Stock Exchange in New York. Stocks are falling early on Wall Street Thursday, Sept. 17, as the late selling from the previous day carries over. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
September 17, 2020 - 4:16 pm
U.S. stocks are closing lower Thursday as Wall Street continues to swirl after the Federal Reserve said it will keep interest rates at nearly zero for years to help nurse the wheezing economy. The S&P 500 fell 0.8%. The selling was widespread, with eight of 11 sectors that make up the S&P...
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FILE, In this Friday July 17, 2020 file photo, a child looks at a man sleeping outside a CaixaBank brach office in Barcelona, Spain. Two of Spain's biggest banks are poised to merge and create the country's largest bank in terms of domestic operations, with assets of more than 600 billion euros (dollars 708 billion). The deal brings the prospect of more job losses amid difficult times for the financial sector. A tie-up between CaixaBank, the largest bank in the domestic market, and Bankia, Spain's biggest mortgage lender, could herald other moves toward consolidation in the financial sector. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
September 17, 2020 - 6:29 am
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Two of Spain’s biggest banks are poised to merge and create the largest lender in the country, with assets of more than 600 billion euros ($708 billion), bringing the prospect of more job losses amid difficult times for the financial sector. The boards of CaixaBank and...
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Currency traders work at the foreign exchange dealing room of the KEB Hana Bank headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020. Asian stock markets declined Thursday after the U.S. Federal Reserve indicated its benchmark interest rate will stay close to zero at least through 2023 but announced no additional stimulus plans. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
September 16, 2020 - 11:27 pm
Asian stock markets declined Thursday after the U.S. Federal Reserve indicated its benchmark interest rate will stay close to zero at least through 2023 but announced no additional stimulus plans. Market benchmarks in Shanghai, Tokyo, Seoul and Hong Kong all retreated. Wall Street's benchmark S...
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FILE - In this June 30, 2020, file photo Federal Reserve Board Chairman Jerome Powell, reflected in the sneeze guard set up between himself and members of the House Committee on Financial Services, speaks during a hearing on oversight of the Treasury Department and Federal Reserve pandemic response on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Federal Reserve adjusted its inflation target to seek price increases above 2% annually, a move that will likely keep interest rates low for years to come. The Fed on Wednesday, Sept. 16, also left its benchmark short-term rate unchanged at nearly zero, where it has been since the pandemic intensified in March. (Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post via AP, Pool)
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September 16, 2020 - 6:55 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — With the economy still struggling to recover from the pandemic recession, Federal Reserve policymakers signaled Wednesday that their benchmark short-term interest rate will likely remain at zero at least through 2023 and possibly even longer. Fed chair Jerome Powell said at a...
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A currency trader stands near a screen showing the Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) at the foreign exchange dealing room in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020. Shares were mostly higher in Asia on Wednesday after advances for big technology companies carried Wall Street to further gains overnight. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
September 15, 2020 - 11:59 pm
Shares were mostly higher in Asia on Wednesday after advances for big technology companies carried Wall Street to further gains overnight. Benchmarks rose modestly in Tokyo, Hong Kong and Seoul but the Shanghai Composite index was almost flat. Investors are awaiting the outcome of the U.S. Federal...
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The European Central Bank is seen in Frankfurt, Germany, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020. The governing council of the ECB will meet on Thursday. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
September 10, 2020 - 2:32 pm
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — European Central Bank head Christine Lagarde said the bank would “likely” use all of the 1.35 trillion euros ($1.6 trillion) in planned stimulus to support the economy through the pandemic, which has caused a massive recession and is seeing a new rise in contagions. After...
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File - In this Thursday, Sept. 3 2020 file picture the moon shines over the European Central Bank in Frankfurt, Germany. Low inflation, in negative territory for the first time since 2016, is leading analysts to think the ECB will have to add more stimulus to support what could be a drawn-out, difficult recovery from the virus outbreak in the 19 countries that use the euro. (AP Photo/Michael Probst, File)
September 08, 2020 - 7:09 am
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — A startling fall in consumer prices and a stronger euro have increased pressure on the European Central Bank to provide another blast of monetary stimulus in support of a drawn-out economic rebound from the pandemic recession. A 0.2% annual drop in prices in August in the...
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A man walks by an electronic stock board of a securities firm in Tokyo, Monday, Sept. 7, 2020. Asian stock markets were mixed Monday after Wall Street turned in its biggest weekly decline in more than two months.(AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
September 06, 2020 - 11:34 pm
BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets were mixed Monday after Wall Street turned in its biggest weekly decline in more than two months. Benchmarks in Shanghai, Tokyo and Hong Kong retreated while Seoul and Sydney gained. Southeast Asian markets were mixed. On Wall Street, the benchmark S&P 500...
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September 02, 2020 - 2:35 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The latest Federal Reserve survey of U.S. economic activity found generally modest gains in August but also pessimism about the future given the threats posed by the coronavirus. The Fed report made public Wednesday said that a theme echoed across the country is the continued...
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