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Trader John Romolo works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019. U.S. stocks fell broadly in midday trading Wednesday as central banks around the world cut interest rates and increased fears that global growth is being crimped by the U.S.-China trade war. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
August 07, 2019 - 2:36 pm
Stocks fell in afternoon trading on Wall Street Wednesday as fears that an escalating trade war between the U.S. and China may stifle global economic growth. Investors sought shelter in bonds, gold and other safe-haven holdings. Bond yields sank around the world, something that happens when...
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In this Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019, photo, a man walks by a money exchange shop decorated with Chinese yuan banknotes and other countries currency banknotes at Central, a business district in Hong Kong. China's yuan has weakened again after signs its decline was stabilizing helped to reassure financial markets. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
August 07, 2019 - 6:22 am
BEIJING (AP) — China's currency weakened again Wednesday after hopes among financial traders that its decline was stabilizing helped to calm jittery global markets. The yuan edged down to 7.0488 to the U.S. dollar, about 0.4% below its level late Tuesday. The currency strengthened slightly to 7...
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August 07, 2019 - 6:09 am
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Netherlands' central bank has ordered ABN AMRO to check all of its retail customers for possible financial crimes as part of a government crackdown. ABN AMRO revealed the order Wednesday alongside second-quarter results that showed its net profit edged up 1% from...
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Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Shaktikanta Das speaks during a press conference in Mumbai, India, Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019. India's central bank on Wednesday cut its key interest rate for the fourth consecutive time, reducing the repo rate by 0.35% to 5.40% to shore up the economy, with consumer spending and corporate investment faltering and the production of capital goods and consumer durables decelerating. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)
August 07, 2019 - 4:08 am
NEW DELHI (AP) — India's central bank on Wednesday cut its key interest rate for the fourth consecutive time, reducing the repo rate by 0.35% to 5.40% to shore up the economy, with consumer spending and corporate investment faltering and the production of capital goods and consumer durables...
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August 06, 2019 - 11:55 pm
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand's central bank cut its benchmark interest rate to an all-time low of 1% on Wednesday as it forecast tougher economic conditions ahead. The cut of half a percentage point by the Reserve Bank was a surprise, with most economists forecasting a rate cut of 0...
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In this July 31, 2019, photo, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell speaks during a news conference following a two-day Federal Open Market Committee meeting in Washington. In a strong rebuke to President Donald Trump, the four living former leaders of the Federal Reserve say that the head of the nation's central bank should be able to make interest-rate decisions free of political pressure and the threat of being removed or demoted. Current Fed Chairman Powell has come under heavy attacks from Trump, who has repeatedly attacked Powell's decisions and has reportedly explored the possibility of either firing Powell or demoting him as Fed chairman. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
August 06, 2019 - 7:15 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a strong rebuke to President Donald Trump, the four living former leaders of the Federal Reserve say that the head of the nation's central bank should be able to make interest-rate decisions free of political pressure and the threat of being removed or demoted. The former...
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A bank employee counts U.S. dollar banknotes next to stack of 100 Chinese yuan notes at a bank outlet in Hai'an in eastern China's Jiangsu province, Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019. China's yuan fell further Tuesday against the U.S. dollar, fueling fears about increasing global damage from Beijing's trade war with President Donald Trump. (Chinatopix via AP)
August 06, 2019 - 3:55 am
BEIJING (AP) — China allowed its yuan to fall further Tuesday and accused Washington of damaging the global economy, fueling fears about increasing damage from their trade war. The yuan declined to 7.0562 to the U.S. dollar before strengthening to 7.0297 in the afternoon. That came a day after...
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FILE - In this June 10, 2019, file photo, a man walks past a money exchange shop decorated with different banknotes at Central, a business district of Hong Kong. China's yuan fell below the politically sensitive level of seven to the U.S. dollar on Monday, Aug. 5, 2019, possibly adding to trade tension with Washington. The currency weakened to 7.0177 in early trading following U.S. President Donald Trump's threat last week of tariff hikes on additional Chinese imports in a fight over Beijing's trade surplus and technology policies. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)
August 05, 2019 - 8:00 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — China decided Monday to meet President Donald Trump's latest tariff threat with defiance, letting its currency drop to an 11-year low and halting purchases of U.S. farm products. The moves, which came four days after Trump threatened more taxes on Chinese imports, knocked stock...
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FILE - In this June 10, 2019, file photo, a man walks past a money exchange shop decorated with different banknotes at Central, a business district of Hong Kong. The U.S. Treasury Department labeled China a currency manipulator Monday, Aug. 5, after Beijing pushed down the value of its yuan in a dramatic escalation of the trade conflict between the world's two biggest economies. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)
August 05, 2019 - 7:42 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Treasury Department labeled China a currency manipulator Monday after Beijing pushed down the value of its yuan in a dramatic escalation of the trade conflict between the world's two biggest economies. The decision, which came hours after President Donald Trump accused...
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August 05, 2019 - 4:12 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local): 4 p.m. Stocks dropped 3% on Wall Street, their worst loss of the year, after China countered President Donald Trump's latest tariff threat by letting its currency weaken to the lowest level in more than 10 years...
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