Leading economic indicators

A Chinese investor uses his smartphone as he monitors stock prices at a brokerage house in Beijing, Friday, April 19, 2019. Asian stock indexes rose moderately in quiet holiday trading on Good Friday as some markets were closed. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
April 18, 2019 - 11:54 pm
TOKYO (AP) — Asian stock indexes rose moderately in quiet holiday trading on Good Friday as some markets were closed. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 edged up 0.5% in early trading to 22,191.98. South Korea's Kospi rose 0.3% to 2,221.1. The Shanghai Composite gained 0.6% to 3,269.59. Some markets...
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Zoom CEO Eric Yuan, center, celebrates the opening bell at Nasdaq as his company holds its IPO, Thursday, April 18, 2019, in New York. The videoconferencing company is headquartered in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
April 18, 2019 - 6:44 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — There's some tech jubilance in the air on Wall Street and in Silicon Valley as a pair of newly public companies — Zoom and Pinterest — saw their stocks soar on their first trading day. No one wants talk about a bubble, not to mention its prospects for bursting, but the strong...
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FILE - In this April 12, 2019, file photo morning clouds cover Capitol Hill in Washington. On Thursday, April 18, the Labor Department reports on the number of people who applied for unemployment benefits last week. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
April 18, 2019 - 9:14 am
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits dropped to the lowest level in nearly half a century. The Labor Department says claims for jobless aid fell by 5,000 last week to 192,000, lowest since September 1969. The four-week average, which is less volatile, dropped by 6,000 to 201,250...
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Currency traders watch monitors at the foreign exchange dealing room of the KEB Hana Bank headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, April 18, 2019. Asian stocks fell Thursday after Wall Street declined despite encouraging Chinese economic data. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
April 18, 2019 - 12:35 am
BEIJING (AP) — Asian stocks fell Thursday after Wall Street declined despite encouraging Chinese economic data. Benchmarks in Shanghai, Tokyo, Seoul and Hong Kong all retreated. Sydney was little-changed. U.S. stocks fell despite data showing growth in China's gross domestic product held steady in...
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People stand in front of an electronic stock board of a securities firm in Tokyo, Wednesday, April 17, 2019. Shares were mixed in a narrow range Wednesday as China announced its economy grew at a 6.4 percent annual pace in the last quarter. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
April 17, 2019 - 8:09 am
TOKYO (AP) — Stock markets were mostly higher Wednesday after news that China's economy grew at a better than expected 6.4% annual pace in the last quarter failed to entice wary investors focused on weaker U.S. corporate earnings. Germany's DAX was up 0.3% at 12,137 and the CAC 40 in France edged 0...
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People stand in front of an electronic stock board of a securities firm in Tokyo, Wednesday, April 17, 2019. Shares were mixed in a narrow range Wednesday as China announced its economy grew at a 6.4 percent annual pace in the last quarter. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
April 16, 2019 - 11:44 pm
TOKYO (AP) — Major share benchmarks were mostly lower in Asia on Wednesday after China announced its economy grew at a 6.4% annual pace in the last quarter. Japan's Nikkei 225 index gained 0.3% to 22,289.32 and the Shanghai Composite was almost unchanged at 3,252.42. Hong Kong's Hang Seng index...
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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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People walk past an electronic board showing Hong Kong share index outside a local bank in Hong Kong, Monday, April 15, 2019. Asian markets were broadly higher Monday on signs that the U.S. and China were closing in on a trade deal after months of negotiations. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
April 15, 2019 - 11:00 pm
TOKYO (AP) — Shares were mixed Tuesday in Asia in mostly narrow trading in the absence of any major market-driving news. The Nikkei 225 index added 0.2% to 22,208.70. China's Shanghai Composite index lost 0.6% to 3,158.76 and the Hang Seng index in Hong Kong lost 0.3% to 29,736.05. South Korea's...
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People walk past an electronic board showing Hong Kong share index outside a local bank in Hong Kong, Monday, April 15, 2019. Asian markets were broadly higher Monday on signs that the U.S. and China were closing in on a trade deal after months of negotiations. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
April 15, 2019 - 7:34 am
SINGAPORE (AP) — World stocks mostly edged up on Monday after the U.S. and China said they were closing in on a trade deal, without giving a timeline, and amid optimism over corporate earnings. Britain's FTSE 100 was flat at 7,433 while the CAC 40 in France gained 0.1% to 5,509. Germany's DAX was...
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In this Feb. 19, 2019, photo, people talk in front of an electronic stock board showing Japan's Nikkei 225 index at a securities firm in Tokyo. Asian stock markets were mostly higher Friday, April 12, 2019, after a mixed Wall Street close on listless trading.(AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
April 12, 2019 - 7:31 am
BEIJING (AP) — Global stock prices rose Friday after China reported unexpectedly strong exports and an increase in sales to the U.S. despite its tariff war with Washington. Market benchmarks in London, Frankfurt, Tokyo and Hong Kong all advanced and Wall Street was on track to open higher. China...
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