Leading economic indicators

In this Sept. 3, 2019 photo a for sale sign, top, rests in front of a newly constructed home, in Norwood, Mass. On Thursday, Oct. 17, the Commerce Department reports on U.S. home construction in September. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
October 17, 2019 - 11:12 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home building fell last month after reaching a 12-year high in August, driven by a sharp decline in the construction of new apartments. Yet single-family home construction ticked higher for a fourth month. The Commerce Department said Thursday that overall housing starts...
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Chinese investors react as they monitor stock prices at a brokerage house in Beijing, Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019. Asian shares were higher Wednesday after a gain on Wall Street boosted by healthy earnings reports from U.S. companies. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
October 16, 2019 - 5:30 am
TOKYO (AP) — Global shares were mixed Wednesday after a Wall Street rally driven by healthy earnings reports from U.S. companies. France's CAC 40 was down nearly 0.2% in early trading at 5,691.75. Germany's DAX was unchanged at 12,629.82. Britain's FTSE 100 fell 0.3% to 7,189.08. U.S. shares were...
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FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2019, file photo trader Mark Puetzer, center, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, Oct. 15. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
October 15, 2019 - 4:32 pm
Stocks notched solid gains on Wall Street Tuesday as investors welcomed surprisingly good quarterly results from some of the nation's biggest companies. Strong earnings from UnitedHealth Group, JPMorgan Chase and other companies helped power the market's broad gains, erasing modest losses from a...
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FILE - This Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012, file photo, shows a portion of the UnitedHealth Group Inc.'s campus in Minnetonka, Minn. UnitedHealth Group reports financial results Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)
October 15, 2019 - 12:50 pm
UnitedHealth Group raised its 2019 forecast and detailed another better-than-expected quarter Tuesday, but shares soared after company leaders mentioned next year's growth prospects. CEO David Wichmann told analysts it would be "reasonable and prudent" for them to set initial expectations for core...
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A man stretches in front of an electronic stock board of a securities firm in Tokyo, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019. On Tuesday, shares are mixed in Asia after a wobbly day of trading on Wall Street. Japan’s Nikkei 225 index jumped 1.8% as it reopened from a public holiday and investors caught up on the news of a preliminary trade deal between China and the U.S. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
October 15, 2019 - 4:44 am
BANGKOK (AP) — Shares were mostly higher in Europe and Asia on Tuesday after a wobbly day of trading on Wall Street. Germany's DAX advanced 0.4% to 12,532.50 and the CAC 40 in Paris gained 0.6% to 5,674.85. London's FTSE 100 was nearly unchanged at 7,215.74. In New York, futures were higher, with...
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October 14, 2019 - 12:33 am
BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets have risen after Washington and Beijing announced a truce on tariff hikes in a trade war. Benchmarks in Shanghai, Hong Kong and Seoul advanced. Japanese markets were closed for a holiday. President Donald Trump agreed Friday to put off planned tariff hikes this...
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FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2019, file photo specialist Dilip Patel, right, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EDT on Friday, Oct. 11. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
October 11, 2019 - 5:19 pm
The S&P 500 finished with its first weekly gain in four weeks Friday as investors welcomed a thaw in the punishing trade war between the U.S. and China. After two days of negotiations in Washington, the U.S. agreed to suspend a planned hike in tariffs on $250 billion of Chinese goods that had...
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October 11, 2019 - 5:03 pm
Stocks closed sharply higher Friday as the U.S. and China reached a partial deal on trade and said they would continue negotiating. President Donald Trump agreed to suspend an increase in tariffs on $250 billion in Chinese goods due to kick in Oct. 15. In exchange, China agreed to boost purchases...
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A man looks at an electronic stock board showing Japan's Nikkei 225 index at a securities firm in Tokyo Friday, Oct. 11, 2019. Asian stock markets followed Wall Street higher Friday on optimism about U.S.-Chinese talks on ending a tariff war.(AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
October 11, 2019 - 2:13 am
BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets followed Wall Street higher Friday on optimism about U.S.-Chinese talks on ending a tariff war. Benchmarks in Shanghai, Tokyo and Hong Kong all advanced. Traders were encouraged by President Donald Trump's plan to meet Beijing's chief trade envoy. Economists say a...
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FILE - In this Oct. 7, 2019, file photo specialist Dilip Patel, right, work with traders at his post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Banks led stocks broadly higher on Wall Street in afternoon trading Thursday, Oct. 10, placing the market on track to extend its gains from the day before. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
October 10, 2019 - 4:43 pm
Stocks closed broadly higher on Wall Street for the second straight day Thursday as the U.S. and China kicked off a new round of negotiations in their long-running trade war. Technology companies and banks led the rally as investors turned hopeful that the 13th round of trade talks will bring both...
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