Economic outlook

FILE- In this Tuesday, March 5, 2019, file photo the Cape Kortia container ship, left, heads into the Port of Tacoma in Commencement Bay in Tacoma, Wash. On Thursday, March 28, the Commerce Department issues the final estimate of how the U.S. economy performed in the October-December quarter. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
March 28, 2019 - 9:11 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. economic growth slowed sharply in the fourth quarter last year to an annual rate of just 2.2 percent. There are concerns that growth has slowed even more in the first quarter this year as global weakness, fading government stimulus and rising trade tensions take a toll on the...
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European Central Bank President Mario Draghi arrives for an EU summit in Brussels, Friday, March 22, 2019. European Union leaders gathered again Friday after deciding that the political crisis in Britain over Brexit poses too great a threat and that action is needed to protect the smooth running of the world's biggest trading bloc. (Julien Warnand, Pool Photo via AP)
March 27, 2019 - 7:40 am
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The European Central Bank is ready to take further action to help the economy if the outlook takes a sudden turn for the worse, bank President Mario Draghi said Wednesday. Draghi said the bank would take "all the monetary policy actions that are necessary and proportionate...
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European Central Bank President Mario Draghi arrives for an EU summit in Brussels, Friday, March 22, 2019. European Union leaders gathered again Friday after deciding that the political crisis in Britain over Brexit poses too great a threat and that action is needed to protect the smooth running of the world's biggest trading bloc. (Julien Warnand, Pool Photo via AP)
March 27, 2019 - 7:09 am
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The European Central Bank is ready to take further action to help the economy if the outlook takes a sudden turn for the worse, bank President Mario Draghi said Wednesday. Draghi told a conference that the bank would take "all the monetary policy actions that are necessary...
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March 25, 2019 - 12:06 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation's business economists foresee a sharp slowdown in U.S. economic growth over the next two years, in sharp contrast to the Trump administration's predictions that growth will accelerate this year and next. That finding comes from the latest survey by the National...
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Apple CEO Tim Cook reacts during the Economic Summit held for the China Development Forum in Beijing, China, Saturday, March 23, 2019. Cook says he's "extremely bullish" about the global economy based on the amount of innovation being carried out, and he's urging China to continue to "open up." (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
March 23, 2019 - 4:53 am
BEIJING (AP) — Apple CEO Tim Cook said Saturday that he is "extremely bullish" about the global economy based on the amount of innovation underway, and urged China to continue to "open up" amid complaints from the U.S. and others that it is shutting foreign firms out of key high-tech industries. In...
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A woman stands in front of an electronic board showing Hong Kong share index outside a bank in Hong Kong, Thursday, March 21, 2019. Shares in Asia are mostly higher after the Federal Reserve said it has ruled out interest rate increases for this year. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
March 21, 2019 - 2:00 am
BANGKOK (AP) — Shares advanced across Asia on Thursday after the Federal Reserve said it has ruled out interest rate increases for this year. The Shanghai Composite index rose 0.9 percent to 3,119.72 while Hong Kong's Hang Seng gained 0.2 percent to 29,371.12. South Korea's Kospi climbed 0.5...
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A woman stands in front of an electronic board showing Hong Kong share index outside a bank in Hong Kong, Thursday, March 21, 2019. Shares in Asia are mostly higher after the Federal Reserve said it has ruled out interest rate increases for this year. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
March 21, 2019 - 1:48 am
BANGKOK (AP) — Shares in Asia were mostly higher on Thursday after the Federal Reserve said it has ruled out interest rate increases for this year. The Shanghai Composite index advanced 0.6 percent to 3,109.48 while Hong Kong's Hang Seng gained 0.2 percent to 29,365.55. South Korea's Kospi climbed...
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A screen on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange shows the rate decision of the Federal Reserve, Wednesday, March 20, 2019. The Federal Reserve is leaving its key interest rate unchanged and projecting no rate hikes in 2019, dramatically underscoring its plan to be "patient" about any further increases. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
March 20, 2019 - 3:58 pm
U.S. stock indexes were mostly lower late Wednesday afternoon as investors weighed the Federal Reserve's decision to rule out interest rate increases this year and its latest outlook on the U.S. economy. The Fed's decision not to raise rates this year was a marked change from three months ago, when...
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FILE- In this Feb. 26, 2019, file photo Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell testifies before the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee on monetary policy on Capitol Hill in Washington. On Wednesday, March 20, the Federal Reserve releases its latest monetary policy statement after a two-day meeting. (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf, File)
March 20, 2019 - 3:24 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Federal Reserve's monetary policy meeting (all times local): 3:15 p.m. Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell says rising levels of federal debt are a problem, though not a problem that needs to be addressed immediately. The budget proposal released this month by...
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FILE- In this Feb. 26, 2019, file photo Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell testifies before the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee on monetary policy on Capitol Hill in Washington. On Wednesday, March 20, the Federal Reserve releases its latest monetary policy statement after a two-day meeting. (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf, File)
March 20, 2019 - 3:22 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Federal Reserve's monetary policy meeting (all times local): 3:10 p.m. Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell explained Wednesday why he thinks a recent stumble in the U.S. economy's growth will be temporary. Consumers appeared to pull back this winter, with...
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