Economic outlook

People stand next to an electronic board showing Hong Kong share index outside a local bank in Hong Kong, Thursday, April 27, 2017. Share prices were mostly lower in Asia following U.S. President Donald Trump’s proposal for tax cuts, with Japan’s Nikkei 225 index down 0.2 percent and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng 0.3 percent lower. Traders were awaiting the release of a policy statement by the Bank of Japan, though no major changes were expected. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
April 27, 2017 - 9:41 am
LONDON (AP) — Global stocks were subdued Thursday as investors assessed the scant details of President Donald Trump's U.S. tax overhaul. The Bank of Japan and European Central Bank kept their policies on hold as expected, though the euro took a modest hit when ECB President Mario Draghi said he...
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People stand next to an electronic board showing Hong Kong share index outside a local bank in Hong Kong, Thursday, April 27, 2017. Share prices were mostly lower in Asia following U.S. President Donald Trump’s proposal for tax cuts, with Japan’s Nikkei 225 index down 0.2 percent and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng 0.3 percent lower. Traders were awaiting the release of a policy statement by the Bank of Japan, though no major changes were expected. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
April 27, 2017 - 2:27 am
HONG KONG (AP) — Asian shares were mostly higher Thursday as investors assessed the scant details of President Donald Trump's U.S. tax overhaul. Japan's central bank kept its monetary policy unchanged and forecasted steady growth for Asia's No. 2 economy. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225...
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People stand next to an electronic board showing Hong Kong share index outside a local bank in Hong Kong, Thursday, April 27, 2017. Share prices were mostly lower in Asia following U.S. President Donald Trump’s proposal for tax cuts, with Japan’s Nikkei 225 index down 0.2 percent and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng 0.3 percent lower. Traders were awaiting the release of a policy statement by the Bank of Japan, though no major changes were expected. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
April 27, 2017 - 1:22 am
HONG KONG (AP) — Asian shares were fairly firm Thursday as investors assessed the scant details of President Donald Trump's U.S. tax overhaul and a Japanese central bank report forecasting steady growth for Asia's No. 2 economy. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 index lost 0.2 percent to...
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April 27, 2017 - 12:43 am
TOKYO (AP) — Japan's central bank kept its ultra-lax monetary policy unchanged Thursday, forecasting that growth in the world's third-largest economy would remain steady through the fiscal year ending in March 2018. The Bank of Japan said demand spurred by preparations for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics...
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends the weekly cabinet meeting of the German government at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, April 26, 2017. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
April 26, 2017 - 6:16 am
BERLIN (AP) — The German government is raising slightly its growth forecast this year for the country's economy, Europe's biggest, to 1.5 percent. It is predicting that the economy will expand by 1.6 percent in 2018. The government had forecast in January that gross domestic product would grow by 1...
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April 24, 2017 - 12:02 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Business economists are generally optimistic about the U.S. economy with most expecting stronger growth than last year's poor performance. Economists surveyed by the National Association for Business Economics also expect improved or unchanged sales and profits at their companies...
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April 24, 2017 - 12:01 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Business economists are generally optimistic about the U.S. economy with most expecting stronger growth than last year's poor performance. Economists surveyed by the National Association for Business Economics also expect improved or unchanged sales and profits at their companies...
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FILE - In this Saturday, April 16, 2016, file photo, International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde speaks during a news conference after the International Monetary and Financial Committee (IMFC) conference at the World Bank/IMF Spring Meetings at IMF headquarters in Washington. A resilient China, rising commodity prices and sturdy financial markets are offering a sunnier outlook for the global economy and helping dispel the gloom that has lingered since the Great Recession ended, according to the IMF, which predicts that the world economy will grow 3.5 percent in 2017, up from 3.1 percent in 2016. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)
April 18, 2017 - 12:07 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A resilient China, rising commodity prices and sturdy financial markets are offering a sunnier outlook for the global economy and helping dispel the gloom that has lingered since the Great Recession ended. That's the picture sketched Tuesday by the International Monetary Fund,...
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FILE - In this Saturday, April 16, 2016, file photo, International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde speaks during a news conference after the International Monetary and Financial Committee (IMFC) conference at the World Bank/IMF Spring Meetings at IMF headquarters in Washington. A resilient China, rising commodity prices and sturdy financial markets are offering a sunnier outlook for the global economy and helping dispel the gloom that has lingered since the Great Recession ended, according to the IMF, which predicts that the world economy will grow 3.5 percent in 2017, up from 3.1 percent in 2016. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)
April 18, 2017 - 10:25 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — A resilient China, rising commodity prices and sturdy financial markets are offering a sunnier outlook for the global economy and helping dispel the gloom that has lingered since the Great Recession ended. That's the picture sketched Tuesday by the International Monetary Fund,...
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In this Sunday, April 16, 2017 photo, workers prepare to load cables at a building construction site as a propaganda banner reads "The Party Secretary General Xi Jinping" on display at the Central Business District in Beijing. China's economic growth ticked higher to 6.9 percent in the first quarter of the year, according to the latest figures. The official data released Monday, April 17, 2017, show that the world's second-biggest economy grew at a slightly faster pace in the January-March period compared with the previous quarter's 6.8 percent expansion (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
April 16, 2017 - 11:59 pm
HONG KONG (AP) — China's economic recovery is gaining momentum, with growth ticking up to a 6.9 percent annual pace in the first three months of the year, lifted by government stimulus and a property boom. The growth seen in January-March in the world's second-biggest economy, according to data...
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