Leading economic indicators

In this April 7, 2020, photo, voters masked against coronavirus line up at Riverside High School for Wisconsin's primary election in Milwaukee. The devastating coronavirus pandemic stands poised to reshape the political map this November. The virus has pummeled battleground states and alarmed Republicans who see early warning signs for an election that could be a referendum on President Donald Trump’s management of the crisis. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
April 17, 2020 - 6:09 am
NEW YORK (AP) — The coronavirus is poised to reshape the political map, pummeling battleground states and alarming Republicans who see early signs of an election that could be a referendum on President Donald Trump’s management of the crisis. The pandemic, which has killed more than 30,000...
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Currency traders watch monitors at the foreign exchange dealing room of the KEB Hana Bank headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, April 17, 2020. Shares have advanced in Asia after China's economic growth data, while bleak, was better than expected. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
April 16, 2020 - 11:35 pm
BANGKOK (AP) — Shares surged Friday in Asia after China reported economic data that, while bleak, was better than expected. The strong open followed an overnight rally on Wall Street powered by buying of Amazon, health care stocks and other market niches that are thriving in the coronavirus crunch...
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A man looks at the closed sign in front of Illinois Department of Employment Security in Chicago, Wednesday, April 15, 2020. With half-a-million people bounced out of jobs in the past month because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Illinois' unemployment safety net has been stretched to the limit. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
April 16, 2020 - 6:14 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — First, it was bars, restaurants, hotels. And clothing stores, movie theaters, entertainment venues. And countless small businesses, from bookstores to barber shops. Now, the record-setting flood of layoffs unleashed by the viral outbreak is extending beyond the services industries...
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A currency trader walks by a screen showing the Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) at the foreign exchange dealing room in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, April 16, 2020. Asian stocks were mostly lower Thursday after unexpectedly weak U.S. retail and other data added to gloom about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
April 15, 2020 - 11:44 pm
BEIJING (AP) — Asian stocks were mostly lower Thursday after unexpectedly weak U.S. retail and other data added to gloom about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Benchmarks in Tokyo, Hong Kong and Shanghai declined. On Wall Street, the benchmark S&P 500 index sank 2.2% after the U.S...
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A woman wearing a protective mask walks past a closed children's clothing store in the Hispanic, Little Village in Chicago, Wednesday, April 15, 2020. The first U.S. economic indicators to capture the devastation brought on by the pandemic have begun to arrive, showing a plunge in retail sales exceeding what happened during the economic crisis a decade ago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
April 15, 2020 - 7:57 pm
The outbreak of the coronavirus has dealt a shock to the global economy with unprecedented speed. Following are developments Wednesday related to the global economy, the work place and the spread of the virus. ________________________ NUMBERS TELL A GRIM STORY: Data just emerging paints a...
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In this Thursday, March 19, 2020, photo, a pedestrian walks past a storefront for rent on Madison Avenue, in New York. Long before there was a global pandemic, brick-and-mortar retailers struggled to resonate as shoppers increasingly made their purchases online. Now, they're faced with an even more daunting task of staying on people's minds and pocketbooks in the midst of the new coronavirus. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
April 15, 2020 - 9:16 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. retail sales plummeted 8.7% in March, an unprecedented decline, as the viral outbreak forces an almost complete lock down of commerce nationwide. The deterioration of sales far outpaces the previous record decline of 3.9% that took place during the depths of the Great...
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A masked man walks past an electronic board showing Hong Kong share index outside a local bank in Hong Kong, Wednesday, April 15, 2020. Asian stocks edged lower Wednesday after the International Monetary Fund said the global economy will suffer its worst year since the Great Depression of the 1930s due to the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
April 15, 2020 - 12:06 am
Asian stocks edged lower Wednesday after the International Monetary Fund said the global economy will suffer its worst year since the Great Depression of the 1930s due to the coronavirus pandemic. Benchmarks in Tokyo and Hong Kong were flat while Shanghai and Sydney declined despite Wall Street's...
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A man with a protective mask walks in the rain past an electronic stock board showing Japan's Nikkei 225 index at a securities firm in Tokyo Monday, April 13, 2020. Asian shares fell Monday amid absence of fresh news after U.S. markets were closed for Good Friday and European, Australian and Hong Kong trading continued to be closed for Easter holidays. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
April 13, 2020 - 11:37 pm
TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares rose Tuesday although investors were braced for a sobering first look at how the coronavirus pandemic has hurt global corporate earnings and the Chinese economy, the driver of growth for the region. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 added 2.2% in morning trading to 19,471.77...
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The Brooklyn Bridge walkway is empty of pedestrians and cyclists, Friday, April 10, 2020, in New York. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
April 10, 2020 - 9:07 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — New York COVID-19-related deaths jumped yet again by more than 700 in a day, while hospitals battling the outbreak reported encouraging news. On the economic front, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said testing would have to be ramped up dramatically to put New York back in business and the state...
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In this photo taken from video provided by the New York Stock Exchange, Chief Security Officer Kevin Fitzgibbons rings the opening bell at the NYSE, while recognizing Randy Timmons in Albany, Ga., and thousands of employees of the Proctor & Gamble Company, Thursday, April 9, 2020. (New York Stock Exchange via AP)
April 10, 2020 - 7:32 am
BANGKOK (AP) — Asian shares were steady in quiet Good Friday trading after Wall Street closed out its best week in 45 years thanks to the Federal Reserve's titanic effort to support the economy through the coronavirus crisis. The price of oil fell back after major oil-producing countries struggled...
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