Economic outlook

FILE - In this Dec. 31, 2018, photo a Washington state ferry sails on a foggy day near cranes at the Port of Seattle. On Friday, April 26, 2019, the Commerce Department issues the first estimate of how the U.S. economy performed in the January-March quarter. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
April 26, 2019 - 3:16 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy grew at a solid 3.2% annual rate in the first three months of the year, a far better outcome than expected, overcoming a host of headwinds including global weakness, rising trade tensions and a partial government shutdown. The advance in the gross domestic product...
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A woman walks past a bank electronic board showing the Hong Kong share index at Hong Kong Stock Exchange Friday, April 26, 2019. Shares were mostly lower in Asia on Friday after an overnight decline on Wall Street spurred by disappointingly weak earnings reports from 3M and other industrial companies. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
April 26, 2019 - 6:17 am
BANGKOK (AP) — Shares edged lower in Europe on Friday following a lackluster day in Asia ahead of the release of U.S. economic growth data later in the day. Benchmarks fell Friday in Paris, London, Tokyo and Shanghai but rose in Hong Kong and Sydney. Economists have been upgrading their estimates,...
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A cargo ship is seen on the river Main with the bank buildings in background in Frankfurt, Germany, late Wednesday, April 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
April 24, 2019 - 6:01 am
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — An index of German business optimism fell in April as Europe's largest economy struggles with a slowdown in trade and manufacturing even as it finds support from a strong labor market. The Ifo institute said Wednesday its business climate index slipped to 99.2 points from...
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A man looks at an electronic board displaying stock prices at a brokerage house in Beijing, Wednesday, April 24, 2019. Shares were mostly lower in Asia on Wednesday despite the S&P 500’s all-time record high close the day before. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
April 24, 2019 - 1:08 am
BANGKOK (AP) — Shares were mostly lower in Asia on Wednesday as the rally on Wall Street, where the S&P 500 logged an all-time record high close, ran out of steam. Japan's Nikkei 225 index lost 0.6% to 22,136.56 and the Hang Seng in Hong Kong fell 0.9% to 29,707.64. The Shanghai Composite index...
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German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier briefs the media about German government's economic growth forecast for 2019, during a news conference in Berlin, Wednesday, April 17, 2019. The German government has slashed its 2019 economic growth forecast for the country for the second time this year. (Foto: Joerg Carstensen/dpa via AP)
April 17, 2019 - 6:39 am
BERLIN (AP) — The German government on Wednesday slashed its 2019 economic growth forecast for the country for the second time this year, halving its outlook to a meager 0.5%. The update came less than three months after the government cut its forecast to 1% from 1.8% in late January. Weaker growth...
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Japan's Finance Minister Taro Aso, speaks during a G20 news conference, at the World Bank/IMF Spring Meetings in Washington, Friday, April 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
April 12, 2019 - 3:58 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Finance officials from the world's major powers acknowledged Friday that the global economy is in a slowdown, but they forecast that growth will pick up by the second half of this year, thanks to interest-rate policies from the Federal Reserve and other central banks. Officials of...
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April 11, 2019 - 5:32 am
BEIJING (AP) — China said Thursday that trade talks with the U.S. are "moving forward" after nine rounds of consultations aimed at ending a standoff that has shaken the world economic outlook. The latest discussions had achieved "new substantial progress," Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said at...
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Currency traders work at the foreign exchange dealing room of the KEB Hana Bank headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, April 10, 2019. Asian shares fell Wednesday following a slide on Wall Street amid growing tensions between the U.S. and the European Union and a dim forecast on global economic growth.(AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
April 09, 2019 - 10:58 pm
TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares fell Wednesday following a slide on Wall Street amid growing tensions between the U.S. and the European Union and a dim forecast on global economic growth. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 dropped nearly 0.8% in morning trading to 21,635.16. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 slipped...
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Investors monitor stock prices at a brokerage house in Beijing, Monday, April 8, 2019. Shares are mixed in Asia, after trade talks between China and the U.S. wrapped up with officials on both sides claiming progress. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
April 08, 2019 - 3:55 am
BANGKOK (AP) — Shares slipped in early trading in Europe on Monday following a mixed day in Asia after trade talks between China and the U.S. wrapped up with officials on both sides claiming progress. Britain's FTSE 100 fell 0.2% to 7,432.38, while the DAX in Germany declined 0.3% to 11,976.40. The...
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FILE- In this Feb. 5, 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. EDT on Friday, April 5. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
April 05, 2019 - 12:28 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks climbed Friday after a better-than-expected report on U.S. jobs eased worries that the economy is slowing too sharply. U.S. employers added 196,000 jobs last month, more than economists had forecast. More importantly, it gave encouragement to economists who said the prior...
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