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FILE- In this Feb. 17, 2019, file photo rows of unsold 2019 Escape sports-utility vehicles sit in long rows at a Ford dealership in Broomfield, Colo. On Wednesday, May 15, the Commerce Department releases U.S. retail sales data for April. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
May 15, 2019 - 9:07 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. retail sales declined last month, as Americans cut back their spending on clothes, appliances, and home and garden supplies. Sales dropped 0.2% in April, the Commerce Department said Wednesday, after a big 1.7% jump in March. Car sales dropped 1.1% last month and sales at...
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May 15, 2019 - 2:59 am
BERLIN (AP) — Official figures show that the German economy returned to growth in the first quarter of 2019 on the back of solid consumer spending and a construction boom in Europe's largest economy. The Federal Statistical Office reported Wednesday that the country's economy grew by 0.4% in the...
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FILE - This Jan. 14, 2019, photo, shows a sign outside a home that has been sold, in Mount Lebanon, Pa. On Thursday, May 9, Freddie Mac reports on this week’s average U.S. mortgage rates. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
May 09, 2019 - 12:20 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. long-term mortgage rates declined this week for a second straight week, reversing the upward trend in April as a lure to potential home buyers. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday the average rate on the 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage fell to 4.10% from 4.14% last week. By...
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FILE- In this Feb. 21, 2019, file photo a recently constructed home, left, is reflected in water, in Natick, Mass. Before squeezing every last nickel into a down payment on a home mortgage, set some cash aside to handle unexpected expenses after the closing. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)
April 25, 2019 - 10:01 am
Maximizing a home down payment can make sense: The bigger the down payment, the lower the monthly mortgage bill and the better the chance of building equity more quickly. But putting too much down could leave you without enough cash for home maintenance — or anything else. Pinpointing the right...
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April 24, 2019 - 4:34 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump's prison-bound former lawyer candidly told actor Tom Arnold last month that he pleaded guilty to some crimes he didn't commit so his wife wouldn't "get dragged into the mud of this crap." Michael Cohen told Arnold "they had me on campaign finance" for...
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FILE - In this April 12, 2019, file photo trader Steven Kaplan works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EDT on Monday, April 22. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
April 22, 2019 - 4:55 pm
Wall Street capped a day of mostly sideways trading Monday with a slight gain for the benchmark S&P 500 index, as a spike in crude oil prices sent energy companies broadly higher. Energy sector stocks climbed as the price of crude oil hit its highest level since October after the U.S...
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A man looks at an electronic stock board of a securities firm in Tokyo, Tuesday, April 16, 2019. Shares were mixed Tuesday in Asia in mostly narrow trading in the absence of any major market-driving news.(AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
April 16, 2019 - 6:49 am
TOKYO (AP) — World stock markets advanced Tuesday on upbeat economic data for China and Germany and as investors keep an eye on U.S. corporate earnings reports, which have been mixed so far. Germany's DAX rose 0.6% to 12,097 after a measure of investor confidence, the ZEW index, rose for a sixth...
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FILE- This Feb. 21, 2019, file photo shows a newly constructed home with a fore sale sign in Natick, Mass. On Thursday, April 11, Freddie Mac reports on this week's average U.S. mortgage rates. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)
April 11, 2019 - 11:09 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. long-term mortgage rates rose moderately this week, remaining at historically low levels that can lure potential purchasers in the spring homebuying season. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday the average rate on the 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage increased to 4.12% from 4...
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In this Friday, March 29, 2019, photo people walk by an apartment for sale in Jersey City, N.J. On Thursday, April 4, Freddie Mac reports on this week’s average U.S. mortgage rates.(AP Photo/Jenny Kane)
April 04, 2019 - 11:00 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. long-term mortgage rates moved little this week after the key 30-year loan rate marked its steepest weekly drop in a decade the week before. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac says the average rate on the 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage ticked up to 4.08% from 4.06% — which had plunged...
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In this Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019 photo a recently constructed home is surrounded by snow in Natick, Mass. On Thursday, March 28, Freddie Mac reports on this week’s average U.S. mortgage rates. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
March 28, 2019 - 11:31 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Purchasing a home just became a lot cheaper, thanks mostly to the Federal Reserve's decision to put its interest rate hikes on hold for now. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac says the average 30-year fixed rate mortgage plunged to 4.06 percent this week, down from 4.28 percent last week...
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