Leading economic indicators

A man looks at an electronic stock board of a securities firm in Tokyo, Monday, Sept. 4, 2017. Asian shares were mostly lower Monday, on investor jitters shaken up by a North Korean nuclear test over the weekend that raised fears about risks to regional stability. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
September 04, 2017 - 11:56 am
TOKYO (AP) — Global stocks mostly fell on Monday after a nuclear test by North Korea over the weekend raised fears about regional instability and as trading volumes remained thin due to a U.S. holiday. KEEPING SCORE: France's CAC 40 slipped 0.4 percent to close at 5,103.97 and Germany's DAX lost 0...
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In this Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017, photo, Kathy Tringali, right, a recruiter for retailer Big 5 Sporting Goods, talks to job seekers during a job fair in San Jose, Calif. On Friday, Sept. 1, 2017, the U.S. government issues the August jobs report. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
September 01, 2017 - 3:14 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. job market hit a lull in August, with employers adding a solid but less-than-robust 156,000 jobs and holding back on meaningful pay raises for most workers. Friday's jobs report from the government pointed to an economy that is still steadily generating jobs, though more...
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In this Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017, photo, Kathy Tringali, right, a recruiter for retailer Big 5 Sporting Goods, talks to job seekers during a job fair in San Jose, Calif. On Friday, Sept. 1, 2017, the U.S. government issues the August jobs report. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
September 01, 2017 - 10:26 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. job growth slowed in August as employers added 156,000 jobs, still enough to suggest that most businesses remain confident in an economy now in its ninth year of recovery from the Great Recession. The unemployment rate ticked up from 4.3 percent to a still-low 4.4 percent,...
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A woman walks by an electronic stock board of a securities firm in Tokyo, Friday, Sept. 1, 2017. Asian shares were mostly higher Friday, taking their cue from optimism on Wall Street set off by a report showing spending by U.S. consumers growing in July, along with wages and salaries. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
September 01, 2017 - 4:22 am
TOKYO (AP) — Global shares were mostly higher Friday, taking their cue from optimism on Wall Street set off by a report showing spending by U.S. consumers growing in July, along with wages and salaries. KEEPING SCORE: France's CAC 40 was up 0.7 percent in early trading at 5,121.18, while Germany's...
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A woman walks by an electronic stock board of a securities firm in Tokyo, Friday, Sept. 1, 2017. Asian shares were mostly higher Friday, taking their cue from optimism on Wall Street set off by a report showing spending by U.S. consumers growing in July, along with wages and salaries. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
September 01, 2017 - 1:31 am
TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were mostly higher Friday, taking their cue from optimism on Wall Street set off by a report showing spending by U.S. consumers growing in July, along with wages and salaries. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 edged up 0.2 percent to 19,684.81 in early trading,...
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August 31, 2017 - 5:22 am
BERLIN (AP) — German unemployment rose slightly in August but the labor market remained strong, according to the last jobless report before September's election. The Federal Labor Agency said Thursday that the unemployment rate ticked up to 5.7 percent in August from 5.6 percent in July, with 2.55...
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French President Emmanuel Macron, center, waits for leaders at the Elysee Palace in Paris, Monday, Aug.28, 2017. The leaders of France, Germany, Italy and Spain are meeting Monday with counterparts from Libya, Niger and Chad to discuss ways to curb illegal migration across the Mediterranean Sea to European shores. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
August 31, 2017 - 5:19 am
PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron faces his biggest test yet with Thursday's release of a divisive pro-business labor reform that he hopes will foster stronger growth and reduce the country's stubbornly high unemployment rate by revolutionizing the way the French work. But the high-...
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FILE - This Oct. 4, 2014, file photo, shows the facade of the New York Stock Exchange. U.S. stocks are quiet early Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017, as technology companies rise while energy companies continue to fall as investors sort through the ongoing damage caused by Harvey. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
August 31, 2017 - 5:09 am
BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets were mixed Thursday after Wall Street rose on a stronger estimate of U.S. economic growth and Chinese factory activity improved. KEEPING SCORE: In early trading, Germany's DAX rose 0.6 percent to 12,075.51 and London's FTSE 100 added 0.5 percent to 7,401.66...
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French President Emmanuel Macron, center, waits for leaders at the Elysee Palace in Paris, Monday, Aug.28, 2017. The leaders of France, Germany, Italy and Spain are meeting Monday with counterparts from Libya, Niger and Chad to discuss ways to curb illegal migration across the Mediterranean Sea to European shores. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
August 31, 2017 - 1:19 am
PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron faces his biggest test yet with Thursday's release of a divisive pro-business labor reform that he hopes will secure his legacy and revolutionize the way the French work. But the high-stakes move comes just as his popularity is sinking, and unions and...
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In this Friday, Aug. 25, 2017, photo, shoppers walk past a Foot Locker store in Boston. On Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017, the Conference Board releases its July index on U.S. consumer confidence. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
August 29, 2017 - 10:48 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — American consumers give today's economy the highest grade in more than 16 years. The Conference Board said Tuesday that consumers' assessment of current economic conditions hit the highest level this month since July 2001. The business research group's overall consumer confidence...
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