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Cloud computing company Rackspace begins trading at the Nasdaq following its initial public offering, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, in New York's Times Square. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
August 05, 2020 - 11:43 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are rising again on Wall Street Wednesday, and the S&P 500 is ticking closer to its record high as it tries for a fourth straight gain. The S&P 500 was 0.7% higher in midday trading, following up on gains in European markets and across much of Asia. It’s back within 2...
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Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, listens during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, July 27, 2020, to highlight the new Republican coronavirus aid package. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
August 05, 2020 - 6:31 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — A small but singularly influential group is a driving force for an agreement on a stalled coronavirus relief bill: endangered Senate GOP incumbents who need to win this fall if Republicans are going to retain control of the majority. Confronted with a poisonous political...
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A woman wearing a face mask walks past a bank's electronic board showing the Hong Kong share index at Hong Kong Stock Exchange Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020. Major Asian stock markets declined Wednesday amid investor concern about U.S. stimulus spending and a trade agreement with Beijing. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
August 04, 2020 - 11:42 pm
BEIJING (AP) — Major Asian stock markets declined Wednesday amid investor concern about U.S. stimulus spending and a trade agreement with Beijing. Market benchmarks in Shanghai, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Sydney declined. Investors are watching the stalemate among U.S. legislators over employment...
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Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, listens during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, July 27, 2020, to highlight the new Republican coronavirus aid package. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
August 04, 2020 - 6:36 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A small but singularly influential group is a driving force for an agreement on a stalled coronavirus relief bill: Endangered Senate GOP incumbents who need to win this fall if Republicans are going to retain control of the majority. Confronted with a poisonous political...
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People wearing face masks stand by a bank's electronic board showing the Hong Kong share index at Hong Kong Stock Exchange on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020. Shares advanced across Asia on Tuesday after Wall Street closed broadly higher on encouraging economic reports, starting off August by closing within 3% of the record high it set in February. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
August 04, 2020 - 12:07 am
Shares advanced across Asia on Tuesday after Wall Street closed broadly higher on encouraging economic reports, starting off August by closing within 3% of the record high it set in February. Investors appear to be shrugging off surging coronavirus caseloads in dozens of countries. Tokyo's Nikkei...
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Sakai Harrison poses for a portrait after leading his clients through a rigorous workout on Wednesday, July 29, 2020, in Atlanta. Harrison moved to New York to try to make it as a personal trainer and designer - but his gym shuttered early in the pandemic, and after weeks of struggling to both pay the rent and put food in his fridge, he knew what he had to do. He moved back to Georgia for greater stability. (AP Photo/Ron Harris)
July 31, 2020 - 6:35 pm
Another month passes. The coronavirus pandemic marches on. And Americans struggling amid the economic fallout once again have to worry as their next rent checks come due Aug. 1. Many left jobless by the crisis are already behind on payments. And the arrival of August brings new anxieties. A...
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A stock trader, left, adjusts his mask as he enters the New York Stock Exchange, Thursday, July 30, 2020. Strong gains for Big Tech stocks are helping to prop up Wall Street in early Friday trading following blowout profit reports from some of the market’s most influential companies. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
July 31, 2020 - 5:21 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Big Tech continues to steamroll through the pandemic, and strong gains for some of the market’s most influential companies on Friday helped Wall Street close out its fourth straight winning month. The S&P 500 rose 24.90 points, or 0.8%, to 3,271.12 following blowout profit...
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif. smiles while speaking at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, July 31, 2020. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
July 31, 2020 - 2:42 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House and its GOP allies appear to be retreating from their opposition to a $600 per week supplemental unemployment benefit that has propped up both the economy and family budgets but is expiring Friday. President Donald Trump is plainly eager to extend the benefit,...
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FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2019, file photo a worker prepares a piece of Cat construction equipment made by Caterpillar to be lifted off a trailer at the Port of Tacoma in Tacoma, Wash. Caterpillar Inc. reports financial results Friday, Jan. 31, 2020. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
July 31, 2020 - 6:59 am
Caterpillar's sales tumbled 31% in the second quarter as dealers culled construction equipment from showrooms during the pandemic. Dealers decreased machine and engine inventories by about $1.4 billion during the three-month period, compared with an increase of about $500 million a year earlier...
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President Donald Trump, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows talk before Trump speaks with reporters on the South Lawn of the White House, Wednesday, July 29, 2020, in Washington. Trump is en route to Texas. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
July 30, 2020 - 11:49 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — With aid expiring, the White House offered a short-term extension Thursday of a $600 weekly unemployment benefit that has helped keep families and the economy afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic, but Democrats rejected it, saying President Donald Trump’s team failed to grasp the...
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