Leading economic indicators

Specialist John Alatzas, left, and trader Michael Milano work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Wednesday, May 1, 2019. Stocks are opening higher on Wall Street after several big U.S. companies reported earnings that were better than analysts were expecting. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
May 01, 2019 - 12:08 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks moved broadly higher in midday trading on Wall Street Wednesday as large U.S. companies continued to surprise investors with solid profits. Earnings reporting season is more than a third of the way through and the results have been tempering investors' worst fears about a...
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FILE - In this March 27, 2019, file photo people work on the Boeing 737 MAX 8 assembly line during a brief media tour in Boeing's 737 assembly facility in Renton, Wash. On Wednesday, May 1, the Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers, issues its index of manufacturing activity for April. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
May 01, 2019 - 10:14 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. manufacturers expanded at a slower pace in April, as measures of new orders, production and employment each slipped. The Institute for Supply Management, an association of purchasing managers, says that its manufacturing index fell to 52.8 last month, down from 55.3 in March...
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FILE - In this March 20, 2019, file photo federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell speaks during a news conference in Washington. On Wednesday, May 1, the Federal Reserve releases its latest monetary policy statement after a two-day meeting. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
May 01, 2019 - 5:30 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Federal Reserve's monetary policy meeting (all times local): 4:45 a.m. Stock markets are edging higher ahead of a Federal Reserve policy meeting at which the central bank is not expected to change its interest rates but could give clues on their future direction...
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FILE - In this March 20, 2019, file photo federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell speaks during a news conference in Washington. On Wednesday, May 1, the Federal Reserve releases its latest monetary policy statement after a two-day meeting. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
May 01, 2019 - 4:43 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Federal Reserve's monetary policy meeting (all times local): 4:45 a.m. Stock markets are edging higher ahead of a Federal Reserve policy meeting at which the central bank is not expected to change its interest rates but could give clues on their future direction...
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FILE - In this March 18, 2019, file photo trader Joseph Lawler works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, April 30. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
April 30, 2019 - 5:05 pm
Wall Street capped a day of mostly wobbly trading with meager gains Tuesday, enough to nudge the S&P 500 to an all-time high for the third straight day. The benchmark index spent much of the day hovering below its previous high, but edged up in the last few minutes of trading. Household goods...
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FILE - In this undated, file photo provided by Occidental Petroleum Corp., Occidental President and CEO Vicki Hollub poses for a photo. Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway will finance a bid by Occidental Petroleum for Anadarko, potentially upending Chevron's $33 billion offer for the energy company. At stake are choice oil and gas fields spread across Texas and New Mexico, including a 75-mile-wide corridor across the Delaware Basin, a region bountiful with natural gas. (Occidental Petroleum Corp. via AP, File)
April 30, 2019 - 1:31 pm
OMAHA, Nebraska (AP) — Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway will finance a bid by Occidental Petroleum for Anadarko, potentially upending Chevron's $33 billion offer for the energy company. At stake are choice oil and gas fields spread across Texas and New Mexico, including a 75-mile-wide corridor...
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FILE - In this undated, file photo provided by Occidental Petroleum Corp., Occidental President and CEO Vicki Hollub poses for a photo. Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway will finance a bid by Occidental Petroleum for Anadarko, potentially upending Chevron's $33 billion offer for the energy company. At stake are choice oil and gas fields spread across Texas and New Mexico, including a 75-mile-wide corridor across the Delaware Basin, a region bountiful with natural gas. (Occidental Petroleum Corp. via AP, File)
April 30, 2019 - 12:09 pm
OMAHA, Nebraska (AP) — Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway will finance a bid by Occidental Petroleum for Anadarko, potentially upending Chevron's $33 billion offer for the energy company. At stake are choice oil and gas fields spread across Texas and New Mexico, including a 75-mile-wide corridor...
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FILE- In this July 3, 2018, file photo, a shopper carries bags in San Francisco. American consumers are feeling more confident this April 2019, though optimism hasn’t fully recovered from a period of roiling markets and slowed hiring early this year. The Conference Board, a business research group, said Tuesday, April 30, 2019, that its consumer confidence index rose to 129.2 in April, from 124.2 in March. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
April 30, 2019 - 11:29 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — American consumers are feeling more confident this month, though optimism hasn't fully recovered from a period of roiling markets and slowed hiring early this year. The Conference Board, a business research group, said Tuesday that its consumer confidence index rose to 129.2 in...
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FILE - In this undated, file photo provided by Occidental Petroleum Corp., Occidental President and CEO Vicki Hollub poses for a photo. Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway will finance a bid by Occidental Petroleum for Anadarko, potentially upending Chevron's $33 billion offer for the energy company. At stake are choice oil and gas fields spread across Texas and New Mexico, including a 75-mile-wide corridor across the Delaware Basin, a region bountiful with natural gas. (Occidental Petroleum Corp. via AP, File)
April 30, 2019 - 11:15 am
OMAHA, Nebraska (AP) — Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway is financing a bid by Occidental Petroleum for Anadarko, potentially upending Chevron's $33 billion offer for the energy company. Anadarko Petroleum accepted a buyout bid from Chevron earlier this month, but said Monday that it is now...
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FILE - In this March 18, 2019, file photo trader Joseph Lawler works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, April 30. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
April 30, 2019 - 10:45 am
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks were moving lower early Tuesday, dragged down by big communications companies after Google's parent company, Alphabet, reported a slowdown in revenue growth. Alphabet is one of many huge U.S. companies to report their results this week, giving investors plenty to focus...
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