Leading economic indicators

FILE - This Oct. 18, 2016 file photo shows the New York Stock Exchange building in New York. European stock markets traded in narrow ranges Friday, March 31, 2017, though trading has the potential to become quite volatile in the hours before the first quarter of the year ends.. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
March 31, 2017 - 5:06 pm
Wall Street closed out a solid quarter Friday with a day of listless trading that ended on a soft note. The Standard & Poor's 500 index notched its best three-month stretch since the fourth quarter of 2015. The Nasdaq composite turned in its best quarter since the end of 2013. The S&P 500,...
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FILE - This Oct. 18, 2016 file photo shows the New York Stock Exchange building in New York. European stock markets traded in narrow ranges Friday, March 31, 2017, though trading has the potential to become quite volatile in the hours before the first quarter of the year ends.. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
March 31, 2017 - 10:24 am
U.S. stock indexes wavered between small gains and losses in early trading Friday as investors weighed several corporate deals and new economic data on consumer spending and prices. Financial stocks were down the most, while utilities posted the biggest gains. KEEPING SCORE: The Dow Jones...
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Specialist Thomas McArdle works at his post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Thursday, March 30, 2017. U.S. stock indexes edged higher in early trading Thursday as investors weighed the latest batch of company earnings, deal news and economic data. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
March 31, 2017 - 1:23 am
BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets were mixed higher Friday after Wall Street gained and Chinese factory activity improved. KEEPING SCORE: Tokyo's Nikkei 225 rose 0.1 percent to 19,078.81 and the Shanghai Composite Index gained 0.3 percent to 3,220.28. Sydney's S&P-ASX 200 shed 0.3 percent to 5...
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Specialist Thomas McArdle works at his post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Thursday, March 30, 2017. U.S. stock indexes edged higher in early trading Thursday as investors weighed the latest batch of company earnings, deal news and economic data. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
March 30, 2017 - 11:50 pm
BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets were mostly higher Friday after Wall Street gained and Chinese factory activity improved. KEEPING SCORE: Tokyo's Nikkei 225 rose 0.8 percent to 19,207.92 and the Shanghai Composite Index advanced 0.3 percent to 3,219.29. Hong Kong's Hang Seng lost 0.6 percent to...
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Specialist Thomas McArdle works at his post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Thursday, March 30, 2017. U.S. stock indexes edged higher in early trading Thursday as investors weighed the latest batch of company earnings, deal news and economic data. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
March 30, 2017 - 5:08 pm
Banks and other financial companies led U.S. stocks modestly higher Thursday, nudging the Nasdaq composite index to an all-time high. Rising bond yields, which can result in higher interest rates on loans and bigger profits for banks, helped put traders in the mood to buy banking stocks. Energy...
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Specialist Thomas McArdle works at his post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Thursday, March 30, 2017. U.S. stock indexes edged higher in early trading Thursday as investors weighed the latest batch of company earnings, deal news and economic data. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
March 30, 2017 - 3:41 pm
U.S. stock indexes were moving higher in late-afternoon trading Thursday as investors weighed the latest batch of company earnings, deal news and economic data. Banks and other financial companies led the gainers. Energy stocks also rose, getting a boost from higher crude oil prices. Utilities and...
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March 30, 2017 - 10:29 am
U.S. stock indexes edged higher in early trading Thursday as investors weighed the latest batch of company earnings, deal news and economic data. Financial stocks led the gainers. Energy companies also rose, getting a boost from rising crude oil prices. Real estate companies and other high-dividend...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015, file photo, job applications and information for the Gap Factory Store sit on a table during a job fair at Dolphin Mall in Miami. On Thursday, March 30, 2017, the Labor Department says weekly applications for unemployment aid dropped 3,000 to a seasonally adjusted 258,000. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, rose to 254,250.(AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)
March 30, 2017 - 9:02 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer Americans sought unemployment benefits last week, evidence that the U.S. job market remains healthy. THE NUMBERS: Weekly applications for unemployment aid dropped 3,000 to a seasonally adjusted 258,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. The four-week average, a less...
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FILE- This March 26, 2015, file photo shows the Lululemon Athletica logo at the store at The Americana at Brand mall in Glendale, Calif. Shares of Lululemon Athletica Inc. fell more than 17 percent Wednesday, March 29, 2017, after the athletic-inspired sportswear company said it’d had a slow start to the year and offered a weaker outlook than expected for the current quarter. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)
March 29, 2017 - 6:19 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Shares of Lululemon Athletica Inc. fell more than 17 percent Wednesday after the athletic-inspired sportswear company said it'd had a slow start to the year and offered a weaker outlook than expected for the current quarter. The company known for its yoga gear did report solid...
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This Tuesday, March 21, 2017, photo shows a home with a sale pending in Sewickley, Pa. On Wednesday, March 29, 2017, the National Association of Realtors releases its February report on pending home sales, which are seen as a barometer of future purchases. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
March 29, 2017 - 11:37 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — More people signed contracts to buy U.S. homes last month as warm weather and rising confidence appeared to encourage consumers to look for houses. The National Association of Realtors said Wednesday that its pending home sales index climbed 5.5 percent in February to 112.3, its...
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