Government securities

November 16, 2017 - 7:32 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The Venezuelan government and its state-owned oil company PDVSA have officially defaulted on billions of dollars' worth of bonds, the latest chapter of the country's deep financial collapse. The International Swaps and Derivatives Association, a group of banks and brokers that...
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This Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017, photo shows a home for sale in Fort Washington, Pa. On Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017, Freddie Mac reports on the week’s average U.S. mortgage rates. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
October 26, 2017 - 10:57 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The costs of borrowing to buy a home increased slightly this week, but U.S. mortgage rates are still near relative lows. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday that the average rate on 30-year, fixed-rate mortgages rose to 3.94 percent from 3.88 percent last week. At this time...
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The lights in the offices of the European Central Bank shine in Frankfurt, Germany, early Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017. The governing council of the ECB will meet on Thursday.(AP Photo/Michael Probst)
October 26, 2017 - 10:07 am
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The European Central Bank will ease the pace of its bond-buying stimulus program — carefully dialing back a measure that has helped the eurozone recover from a debt crisis that threatened to break up the currency union. The ECB said Thursday it would reduce its bond...
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FILE - This Dec. 21, 2016, file photo shows the New York Stock Exchange. Stocks are opening lower on Wall Street, Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018, as a New Year's rally runs out of gas. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
October 13, 2017 - 11:24 am
NEW YORK (AP) — A strong forecast from PC and printer maker HP is helping technology companies higher Friday morning as U.S. stock indexes climb. Retailers are also up after the Commerce Department said Americans shopped more in September. Health insurers and hospital operators are skidding after...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016, file photo, a pedestrian walks past the New York Stock Exchange, in lower Manhattan. World stock markets were mixed on Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017, as momentum from Wall Street's rally faded. Investors were watching for economic data and remarks from the Federal Reserve chief to provide direction. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
October 04, 2017 - 3:10 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A wavering stock market inched a bit further into record territory on Wednesday, and the Standard & Poor's 500 index was on track to book a seventh straight gain, barely. Other markets were likewise relatively quiet, with little movement across bonds and commodities. KEEPING...
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September 13, 2017 - 6:33 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on former pharmaceuticals company CEO Martin Shkreli (all times local): 6:30 p.m. A judge who revoked the bail of former pharmaceuticals company CEO Martin Shkreli (SHKREL'-ee) and had him taken to jail says his offer to pay a $5,000 bounty for a Hillary Clinton hair with...
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In this Sept. 6, 2017, photo, House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, right, arrives for a meeting with House Republicans on Capitol Hill in Washington. The tortured relationship between President Donald Trump and Ryan has gone cool again, with the Republican president making clear he has no qualms about bucking the GOP leader to cut deals with his Democratic foes. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
September 08, 2017 - 5:24 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Conservative grumbling aside, the House is heading toward backing a $15.3 billion disaster aid package that President Donald Trump and Democrats have linked to a temporary increase in America's borrowing authority and keeping the government funded through December. The House vote...
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In this Sept. 1, 2017 photo the sun sets behind the bank skyscrapers in Frankfurt, Germany. Weather forecasts predict changeable weather for Germany, during the next few days. ( Frank Rumpenhorst/dpa via AP)
September 04, 2017 - 9:18 am
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — A strengthening euro is complicating the European Central Bank's efforts to scale back and then exit from its monetary stimulus efforts. For weeks, financial investors had been expecting the bank and its president, Mario Draghi, to give some signal after their policy...
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FILE - In this Aug. 23, 2017 file photo, President Donald Trump walks on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington. The president lashed out at Republican leaders in Congress, suggesting efforts to increase the country's borrowing limit to avoid an economic-rattling default on the nation's debt are "a mess!" (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
August 24, 2017 - 9:54 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Fanning the flames of GOP discord, President Donald Trump accused Republican congressional leaders Thursday of botching efforts to avoid an unprecedented default on the national debt. "Could have been so easy-now a mess!" Trump tweeted. The president's sharp words underscored the...
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FILE - This Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016, file photo shows the New York Stock Exchange at sunset, in lower Manhattan. U.S. stocks are rising Friday, Nov. 24, 2017, as retailers climb at the start of the post-Thanksgiving shopping period while energy companies rise as investors hope for a new deal that limits oil production. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
August 23, 2017 - 10:25 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks hit a wall on Wednesday and gave back some of their gains from a day earlier, when the Standard & Poor's 500 index had one of its best days of the year. The losses were broad, with stocks falling across nearly every industry, but they were not as deep as on the worst days...
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