Economic outlook

Workers manufacture face masks at a workshop in Bogota, Colombia, Wednesday, April 29, 2020. Oscar Henao a taxi driver by profession and his partner Adan Fajardo, owner of the small packaging workshop, created the plastic protection mask model they called the "mask of life,” to protect people from the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)
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April 29, 2020 - 10:53 pm
Scientists on Wednesday announced the first effective treatment against the coronavirus — an experimental drug that can speed the recovery of COVID-19 patients — in a major medical advance that came as the economic gloom caused by the scourge deepened in the U.S. and Europe. The U.S. government...
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Mohammad Ikram closes a large door to his business Hot Stop, fully stocked but closed during the coronavirus pandemic, on the boardwalk in Atlantic City, N.J., Tuesday, April 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
April 29, 2020 - 5:09 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Devastated by the coronavirus, the U.S. economy is sinking. And the plunge is accelerating. Now, as some businesses in a few states start to trickle back to work, hopes are beginning to arise that the economy, damaged as it is, might be poised to rebound by the second half of the...
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A currency trader watches monitors at the foreign exchange dealing room of the KEB Hana Bank headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, April 29, 2020. Asian stock markets gained Wednesday after France and Spain joined governments that plan to ease anti-virus controls and allow businesses to reopen. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
April 29, 2020 - 1:41 pm
Stocks charged higher around the world Wednesday following an encouraging report on a possible treatment for COVID-19. The optimism helped the S&P 500 vault 2.8% higher in afternoon trading, and it extended a rally that’s brought the U.S. stock market to the brink of its best month in 45 years...
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President Donald Trump signs a coronavirus aid package to direct funds to small businesses, hospitals, and testing, in the Oval Office of the White House, Friday, April 24, 2020, in Washington. Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., left, and Jovita Carranza, administrator of the Small Business Administration look on. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
April 24, 2020 - 5:09 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Spend what it takes, Washington said as it confronted the coronavirus. Well over $2 trillion later, it’s unclear where that spending will end. One of the lasting legacies of the coronavirus pandemic will be staggering debts and deficits on the U.S. balance sheet, with shortfalls...
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A masked worker at this state WIN job center in Pearl, Miss., holds an unemployment benefit application form as she waits for a client, Tuesday, April 21, 2020. The job centers lobbies are closed statewide to prevent the spread of COVID-19. However the continuing growth of unemployment demands and now additional assistance for self-employed, church employees, gig workers, and others who were previously ineligible for unemployment assistance has drawn some people to the centers for information and to obtain and submit unemployment benefit applications. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
April 23, 2020 - 9:29 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 4.4 million laid-off workers applied for U.S. unemployment benefits last week as job cuts escalated across an economy that remains all but shut down, the government said Thursday. Roughly 26 million people have now filed for jobless aid in the five weeks since the...
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A man walks along an empty street in downtown Barcelona, Spain, Monday, April 20, 2020 as the lockdown to combat the spread of coronavirus continues. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
April 23, 2020 - 7:21 am
LONDON (AP) — European economies are heading for an unprecedented recession as a result of the lockdown measures put in place by governments to get a grip on the coronavirus pandemic, closely watched surveys indicated Thursday. The scale of the decline in business activity recorded in monthly...
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A man wearing a mask against the spread of the new coronavirus walks past an electronic stock board showing Japan's Nikkei 225 index at a securities firm in Tokyo Thursday, April 23, 2020. Asian shares rose moderately Thursday following a rally on Wall Street and even oil prices recovering from their recent plunge to zero. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
April 22, 2020 - 11:55 pm
TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares rose moderately Thursday following a rally on Wall Street and even oil prices recovering from their recent plunge to zero. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 added 1.2% to 19,370.42 in morning trading, while South Korea’s Kospi rose 06% to 1,907.92. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200...
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FILE - In this Monday, June 24, 2019, file photo, a CSX freight train rolls past downtown Pittsburgh. CSX Corp. said Wednesday, April 22, 2020, its first-quarter profit slipped 8% and the railroad withdrew its outlook for the year because of the ongoing economic uncertainty brought on by the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
April 22, 2020 - 6:52 pm
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — CSX Corp. said Wednesday that its first-quarter profit slipped 8% and the railroad withdrew its outlook for the year because of the ongoing economic uncertainty brought on by the coronavirus outbreak. The Jacksonville, Florida- based company said it earned $770 million, or $1 per...
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People wearing face masks walk past a bank electronic board showing the Hong Kong share index at Hong Kong Stock Exchange Monday, April 20, 2020. Shares were mixed in Asia on Monday, while oil prices have fallen back. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
April 20, 2020 - 2:03 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are slipping in afternoon trading on Wall Street, as the price of oil cratered to historic lows Monday, cheaper than bottled water. The S&P 500 was down 0.8%, as of 1:30 p.m. Eastern time, after wavering between sharper and milder losses. But the market’s most dramatic...
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This July 8, 2019, photo, shows cars to be exported at Kawasaki port, near of Tokyo. Japan’s exports sank 11.7% in March as the coronavirus pandemic slammed auto shipments to the U.S. The Finance Ministry said Monday, April 20, 2020 that exports to the U.S. fell 16.5% in March from a year earlier, while those to China declined 8.7%. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
April 20, 2020 - 6:48 am
TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s exports sank 11.7% in March as the coronavirus pandemic slammed auto shipments to the U.S. and China, generally its two biggest markets. The Finance Ministry said Monday that exports to the U.S. fell 16.5% in March from a year earlier, while those to China declined 8.7%. Trade...
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