Economic outlook

FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2014, file photo, people walk to work on Wall Street beneath a statue of George Washington, in New York. Health care and retail companies are helping stocks climb again Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018, as the market heads for its fourth gain in a row. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
June 19, 2017 - 10:08 am
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stock indexes drifted higher in early trading Monday, led by technology companies, to again clinch record heights. They followed the lead of European markets, which jumped after French election results raised expectations for more pro-business economic reforms. KEEPING SCORE:...
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June 16, 2017 - 4:11 am
TOKYO (AP) — The Bank of Japan opted Friday to keep its lax monetary policy intact, while noting signs of improvement in the world's third largest economy. A statement issued by the central bank said it expects demand to accelerate, supporting a "moderate expansion." The central bank's key interest...
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FILE - In this Thursday, March 23, 2017, file photo, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen steps offstage after speaking at the Federal Reserve System Community Development Research Conference in Washington. There isn’t much suspense about what the Fed will announce when its latest policy meeting ends: That it’s raising its key short-term rate for the third time in six months. But anticipation surrounds the possibility that the Fed could signal policy shifts in a statement it will issue, in updated economic forecasts and in a news conference with Yellen. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)
June 14, 2017 - 2:09 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Federal Reserve's monetary policy meeting (all times local): ___ 2:05 p.m. Federal Reserve policymakers lowered their forecasts for inflation and unemployment, and continued to predict they would raise rates once more this year. Fed officials now expect the U.S...
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June 13, 2017 - 5:26 am
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — A German index of economic optimism among investors fell in June despite improving growth prospects for the country and its trading partners in the 19-country eurozone. The ZEW indicator of economic sentiment dipped to 18.6 points, down 2.0 points from May, and remains...
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In this Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017, photo, a construction worker continues work at the SLS Lux in the Brickell neighborhood of Miami. The SLS LUX is a 57-story residential and hotel property developed by the Related Group, and is scheduled to open in 2017. Exactly eight years after the Great Recession ended, the U.S. job market has settled into a sweet spot of steadily solid growth. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
June 02, 2017 - 12:29 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Exactly eight years after the Great Recession ended, the U.S. job market has settled into a sweet spot of steadily solid growth. The 4.4 percent unemployment rate matches a decade low. Many people who had stopped looking for jobs are coming off the sidelines to find them. More...
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FILE - In this Friday June 12, 2015, file photo, Balia Cosio, right, hands a grocery shopper a loaf of Cuban bread at a local grocery store in the Little Havana area of Miami. On Thursday, June 1, 2017, payroll processor ADP reports how many jobs private employers added in May. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz, File)
June 01, 2017 - 10:04 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. private businesses added a robust 253,000 jobs in May, a private survey found, a sign that employers expect economic growth to keep plowing ahead. Payroll processor ADP said Thursday that the hiring primarily came from companies with fewer than 500 employees_which accounted...
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Budget Director Mick Mulvaney holds up a copy of President Donald Trump's proposed fiscal 2018 federal budget as he speaks to members of the media in the Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, May 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
May 23, 2017 - 5:59 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Trump budget director Mick Mulvaney, defending an administration that promises more economic growth than many think it can deliver, said Tuesday it's the Obama administration that went overboard in its forecasts for growth. His indictment glosses over significant differences in...
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In this photo taken May 19, 2017, a GPO worker stacks copies of "Analytical Perspectives Budget of the U.S. Government Fiscal Year 2018" onto a pallet at the U.S. Government Publishing Office's (GPO) plant in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
May 22, 2017 - 9:03 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's proposed $4.1 trillion budget slashes safety net programs for the poor, targeting food stamps and Medicaid, while relying on rosy projections about the nation's economic growth to balance the budget within 10 years. The cuts are part of a budget blueprint...
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Bank of England Governor Mark Carney speaks during the central Bank's quarterly Inflation Report press conference at the Bank of England in the City of London on Thursday May 11, 2017. The Bank of England on Thursday held its main interest rate at a record low 0.25 percent and slightly downgraded its growth forecast for 2017 as Brexit uncertainties hit consumption. (Adrian Dennis/Pool via AP)
May 11, 2017 - 8:35 am
LONDON (AP) — The Bank of England says a rise in inflation driven by the market turmoil over Brexit is starting to hurt consumers, weakening growth and pushing the central bank to keep its interest rates at record lows. The bank on Thursday kept its main interest rate at 0.25 percent as it noted...
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Supporters of incoming French President Emmanuel Macron wave French flags as the preliminary results of the runoff presidential election are announced at the Louvre museum in Paris, Sunday May 7, 2017. Polling agencies have projected that centrist Emmanuel Macron will be France's next president, putting a 39-year-old political novice at the helm of one of the world's biggest economies and slowing a global populist wave. (Philippe Lopez, Pool photo via AP)
May 07, 2017 - 2:52 pm
PARIS (AP) — French voters elected centrist Emmanuel Macron as the country's youngest president ever on Sunday, delivering a resounding victory to the unabashedly pro-European former investment banker and strengthening France's place as a central pillar of the European Union. A crowd of Macron...
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