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February 22, 2019 - 11:50 am
Technology and health care companies led U.S. stocks higher in morning trading Friday, erasing some of the market's losses from a day earlier and placing the benchmark S&P 500 on track for its fourth straight weekly gain. The broad rally came as investors weighed a mixed batch of corporate...
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February 22, 2019 - 7:31 am
TOKYO (AP) — Global shares were mixed Friday as nervous investors await developments in the U.S.-China trade talks in Washington. European shares rose, with France's CAC 40 gaining 0.3 percent in midday trading to 5,212. Germany's DAX was up 0.6 percent at 11,487 and Britain's FTSE 100 rose 0.5...
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President Donald Trump with first lady Melania Trump, left, Vice President Mike Pence, right, and his wife Karen Pence, speaks during a National African American History Month reception in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
February 21, 2019 - 10:04 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is pledging to expand opportunity for Americans of every race, religion and creed as he commemorates Black History Month. Speaking to hundreds Thursday at a White House reception, Trump boasted about the economy and said the unemployment rate for African-...
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FILE- In this Feb. 15, 2019, file photo trader John Panin works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EST on Thursday, Feb. 21. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
February 21, 2019 - 9:11 pm
TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were mostly lower Friday after a slide on Wall Street as investors nervously watched the U.S.-China trade talks in Washington. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 slipped 0.5 percent to 21,368.54 in morning trading. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 gained 0.5 percent to 6,170.30...
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FILE- In this Feb. 5, 2019, file photo lights illuminate the U.S. Capitol dome in Washington. On Thursday, Feb. 21, the Labor Department reports on the number of people who applied for unemployment benefits last week. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
February 21, 2019 - 8:38 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer Americans sought unemployment benefits last week, a sign that layoffs declined and hiring is likely strong. The Labor Department said weekly applications for unemployment benefits fell 23,000 to a seasonally adjusted 216,000, a very low level by historical standards. The...
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FILE- In this Aug. 7, 2018, file photo a CVS Pharmacy building sign rests on a Jackson, Miss., store. CVS Health topped fourth-quarter earnings forecasts, but the nation’s second-largest drugstore chain also debuted a 2019 outlook that fell far short of Wall Street expectations. The company said Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019, that it expects adjusted earnings to range between $6.68 and $6.88 this year. FactSet says analysts expect earnings of $7.35 per share. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)
February 20, 2019 - 9:15 am
CVS Health beat fourth-quarter earnings forecasts, but a struggling long-term care business took another huge bite out of the company's performance and its initial 2019 forecast was weaker than expected. Shares tumbled nearly 9 percent before the opening bell Wednesday. CEO Larry Merlo said in a...
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A woman walks past an electronic board showing Hong Kong share index outside a bank in Hong Kong, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019. Shares were mostly higher in Asia on Wednesday after a modestly high finish on Wall Street that extended the market’s gains into a fourth week.(AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
February 20, 2019 - 4:24 am
BANGKOK (AP) — Shares were mostly higher in Europe and Asia on Wednesday after President Donald Trump suggested trade talks with China do not face a hard March 1 deadline for a deal. Negotiators from both sides resumed talks Tuesday in Washington following discussions in Beijing last week that U.S...
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People walk past an electronic board showing Hong Kong share index outside a bank in Hong Kong, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019. Shares were mostly higher in Asia on Wednesday after a modestly high finish on Wall Street that extended the market’s gains into a fourth week.(AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
February 19, 2019 - 11:03 pm
BANGKOK (AP) — Shares were mostly higher in Asia on Wednesday after a modestly high finish on Wall Street that extended the market's gains into a fourth week. The Nikkei 225 index rose 0.6 percent despite news that Japan's exports sank 8.4 percent in January from a year earlier, far more than...
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Currency traders work at the foreign exchange dealing room of the KEB Hana Bank headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Feb. 18, 2019. Asian markets were broadly higher on Monday as traders looked forward to the continuation of trade talks between Chinese and American officials in Washington this week. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
February 18, 2019 - 11:03 am
SINGAPORE (AP) — World stocks mostly rose on Monday ahead of more trade talks between Chinese and American officials in Washington this week. After Asia closed higher, France's CAC 40 gained 0.3 percent to 5,167 while the DAX in Germany was up almost 0.1 percent to 11,303. Britain's FTSE 100 shed 0...
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FILE- In this Feb. 5, 2019, file photo trader Andrew Silverman works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EST on Friday, Feb. 15. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
February 15, 2019 - 3:34 pm
Plans by the U.S. and China to extend key trade talks drove stocks broadly higher in late-afternoon trading Friday, lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average more than 300 points. The gains mark a turnaround after the market ended modestly lower Thursday following a disappointing holiday sales...
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