Economic outlook

March 04, 2019 - 11:38 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Small and mid-size business owners are upbeat about their companies, but also a little wary about the economy. That's the finding of a survey released Monday by researchers at Pepperdine University's Graziadio Business School and Dun & Bradstreet Corp. The survey, which...
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FILE - In this Jan. 18, 2017 file photo, construction personnel work on a building project just south of Chicago's Loop. The U.S. economy slowed in the final three months of last year to an annual growth rate of 2.6 percent, the slowest pace since the beginning of 2018, as the government shutdown and other factors took a toll on growth. Economists believe growth has slowed even more in the current quarter. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
February 28, 2019 - 4:51 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy turned in a solid performance in 2018, boosted in part by tax cuts and higher government spending. But growth slowed by year's end, and most economists envision a weaker outlook for the coming months and probably years. The nation's gross domestic product, the...
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February 28, 2019 - 1:37 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy turned in a solid performance in 2018, boosted in part by tax cuts and higher government spending. But growth slowed by year's end, and most economists envision a weaker outlook for the coming months and probably years. The nation's gross domestic product, the...
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Federal Reserve Board Chair Jerome Powell testifies before the House Committee on Financial Services hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
February 27, 2019 - 3:35 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said Wednesday that the Fed is close to announcing a plan to end the reduction of the size of its massive bond portfolio, which looks likely by the end of the year. Powell, delivering the Fed's semiannual monetary report to Congress, faced a...
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European Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs Pierre Moscovici talks to journalists at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019. The European Union says it's concerned about Italy's debt and is warning the government in Rome to shore up its public finances. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
February 27, 2019 - 8:38 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union expressed concern about Italy's debt levels Wednesday and warned the government in Rome to push through measures to shore up the public finances. In a review of Italy's economic performance — one of the 28-nation bloc's biggest economies — the European Commission...
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February 25, 2019 - 12:05 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Roughly half the nation's business economists say they think the U.S. economy will slip into recession by the end of next year, and three-fourths envision such a downturn beginning by the end of 2021. The finding comes from the latest survey by the National Association for...
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February 22, 2019 - 5:07 am
BERLIN (AP) — Business confidence in Germany has fallen for the sixth consecutive month and hit a four-year low as worries persist about the outlook for Europe's biggest economy at a time of global trade tensions, a closely watched survey showed Friday. The Ifo institute said its monthly index...
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February 22, 2019 - 4:38 am
BERLIN (AP) — A closely watched survey shows that business confidence in Germany has fallen for the sixth consecutive month as worries mount about the outlook for Europe's biggest economy. The Ifo institute said Friday that its monthly index declined to 98.5 points from 99.3 in January, sinking to...
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FILE- In this Feb. 15, 2019, file photo specialist Anthony Matesic, right, works with traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EST on Wednesday, Feb. 20. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
February 20, 2019 - 4:44 pm
Wall Street capped another day of listless trading Wednesday with a slight gain, extending the market's winning streak to a third day. Financial, materials and industrial companies accounted for much of the gain, outweighing losses in health care and real estate stocks as investors reviewed the...
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FILE- In this Feb. 15, 2019, file photo specialist Anthony Matesic, right, works with traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EST on Wednesday, Feb. 20. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
February 20, 2019 - 1:28 pm
U.S. stock indexes wavered between small gains and losses in afternoon trading Wednesday as investors reviewed the latest batch of company earnings reports and awaited the release of the minutes from the Federal Reserve's last meeting of policymakers. Gains in materials, energy and financial...
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