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Republican presidential candidate, former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford chats with patrons at the Puritan Backroom restaurant, as he campaigns, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
September 19, 2019 - 8:34 pm
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Mark Sanford's first presidential campaign stop in New Hampshire began with an interruption in the hopes of being heard. Sanford, the former South Carolina governor and congressman, entered a Manchester diner and found his way to an AARP meeting in the back. "Can I be rude...
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Federal Reserve Board Chair Jerome Powell speaks at a news conference following a two-day meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
September 18, 2019 - 4:03 pm
The Federal Reserve has cut its benchmark interest rate again, big news for the U.S. economy but something that will likely have a muted impact on Americans' personal finances, experts say. That's because the reduction doesn't offset the increases of recent years. And as the key rate creeps closer...
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Federal Reserve Board Chair Jerome Powell speaks at a news conference following a two-day meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
September 18, 2019 - 3:19 pm
The Federal Reserve has cut its benchmark interest rate again, big news for the U.S. economy but something that will likely have a muted impact on Americans' personal finances, experts say. That's because the reduction doesn't offset the increases of recent years. And as the key rate creeps closer...
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John Wilson, with the New York Stock Exchange, monitors stock activity, Monday, Sept. 16, 2019. Global stock markets sank Monday after crude prices surged following an attack on Saudi Arabia's biggest oil processing facility. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
September 16, 2019 - 3:42 pm
Airlines, retailers and other consumer-focused companies helped pull stocks lower on Wall Street Monday afternoon after an an attack on Saudi Arabia's biggest oil processing facility sent crude prices soaring. The attack raised worries about the risk of more disruptions for oil at a time when the...
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John Wilson, with the New York Stock Exchange, monitors stock activity, Monday, Sept. 16, 2019. Global stock markets sank Monday after crude prices surged following an attack on Saudi Arabia's biggest oil processing facility. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
September 16, 2019 - 1:07 pm
Stocks fell broadly on Wall Street in afternoon trading Monday after an attack on Saudi Arabia's biggest oil processing facility sent crude prices soaring. The attack, which Yemeni rebels said they were behind, raised worries about the risk of more disruptions for oil at a time when the global...
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John Wilson, with the New York Stock Exchange, monitors stock activity, Monday, Sept. 16, 2019. Global stock markets sank Monday after crude prices surged following an attack on Saudi Arabia's biggest oil processing facility. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
September 16, 2019 - 11:36 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Stock markets around the world took an apprehensive step backward Monday after an attack on Saudi Arabia's biggest oil processing facility sent the price of oil surging. The attack, which Yemeni rebels said they were behind, raised worries about the risk of more disruptions for oil...
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Traders Edward Curran, left, and Gregory Rowe work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Friday, Sept. 13, 2019. Stocks are having a mixed performance early on Wall Street Friday as gains in banks and energy companies are offset somewhat by a drop in technology stocks. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
September 13, 2019 - 2:07 pm
Major U.S. stock indexes edged mostly lower in afternoon trading Friday, giving up some of the market's gains from earlier in the week. Still, stocks were on track for their third straight weekly gain, having been bolstered in prior sessions by an easing of tensions in the U.S.-China trade war. A...
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Traders Edward Curran, left, and Gregory Rowe work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Friday, Sept. 13, 2019. Stocks are having a mixed performance early on Wall Street Friday as gains in banks and energy companies are offset somewhat by a drop in technology stocks. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
September 13, 2019 - 12:06 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks gave a mixed performance in midday trading on Friday as health care, banks and industrial companies gained ground and offset a decline in technology stocks. Still, stocks are on track for their third straight weekly gain, having been bolstered in prior sessions by an...
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In this Sept. 3, 2019, photo a sign rests in front of a newly constructed home, in Westwood, Mass. On Thursday, Sept. 12, Freddie Mac reports on this week’s average U.S. mortgage rates. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
September 12, 2019 - 7:01 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. long-term mortgage rates rose this week but remained at historically low levels. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday the rate on the 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage increased to 3.56% from 3.49% last week. Average rates on the benchmark loan have remained below 3.6% for...
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FILE - In this March 2, 2018 file photo, a worker cleans big machine parts of presses manufacturer Schüler AG in Goeppingen, Germany. German factory orders, a leading indicator of the health of Europe's biggest economy, dropped strongly in July, erasing gains from the previous month. The Federal Statistical Office reported Thursday industrial orders dropped 2.7% in July over June when adjusted for seasonal and calendar factors, wiping out a 2.7% June increase. (Marijan Murat/dpa via AP)
September 12, 2019 - 5:19 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank are struggling mightily to invigorate their economies at a time when growth is slowing, governments remain on the sidelines and the banks' usual stimulative tools appear less effective than in the past. On Thursday, the ECB...
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