Leading economic indicators

FILE - In this Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017, file photo, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen attends a hearing of the Federal Reserve Board Joint Economic Committee, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Investors may not be sure about what the central bank might have in store for 2018, and they’ll look to Yellen’s final news conference as Fed chair Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017, for clues. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
December 13, 2017 - 2:43 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve is raising its key interest rate for the third time this year and foresees three additional hikes in 2018, a vote of confidence that the U.S. economy remains on solid footing 8½ years after the end of the Great Recession. The Fed announced Wednesday that it's...
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FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2014, file photo, people walk to work on Wall Street beneath a statue of George Washington, in New York. Health care and retail companies are helping stocks climb again Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018, as the market heads for its fourth gain in a row. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
December 12, 2017 - 3:43 pm
Banks led U.S. stocks mostly higher in late-afternoon trading Tuesday as the Federal Reserve met to discuss interest rates and the economy. The central bank was expected to raise interest rates for the third time this year on Wednesday. Banks benefit from higher interest rates because they can...
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FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2014, file photo, people walk to work on Wall Street beneath a statue of George Washington, in New York. Health care and retail companies are helping stocks climb again Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018, as the market heads for its fourth gain in a row. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
December 12, 2017 - 10:19 am
U.S. stocks edged mostly higher in early trading Tuesday as investors sized up the latest company earnings and deal news. Gains by banks and health care companies outweighed losses among technology companies. Energy stocks also declined as the price of crude oil headed lower. KEEPING SCORE: The...
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A man walks past an electronic stock board showing Japan's Nikkei 225 index and other country's market prices at a securities firm in Tokyo Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017. Shares were mostly lower in Asia on Tuesday as investors stepped back after several days of advances, erasing early gains. Markets are awaiting the Federal Reserve meeting on Wednesday and the outcome of a major Chinese planning conference. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
December 12, 2017 - 8:29 am
TOKYO (AP) — World stocks turned higher in European trading hours on Tuesday as investors looked ahead to a slew of central bank decisions, including the Federal Reserve, which was expected to raise interest rates. KEEPING SCORE: Germany's DAX rose 0.2 percent to 13,146 and the CAC 40 of France...
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A man walks past an electronic stock board showing Japan's Nikkei 225 index and other country's market prices at a securities firm in Tokyo Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017. Shares were mostly lower in Asia on Tuesday as investors stepped back after several days of advances, erasing early gains. Markets are awaiting the Federal Reserve meeting on Wednesday and the outcome of a major Chinese planning conference. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
December 12, 2017 - 4:14 am
TOKYO (AP) — Shares were mostly lower in Europe and Asia on Tuesday as investors retreated ahead of the Federal Reserve's decision on interest rates. KEEPING SCORE: Germany's DAX fell 0.2 percent to 13,099.40 and the CAC 40 of France lost 0.5 percent to 5,362.83. Britain's FTSE 100 was flat at 7,...
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A man walks past an electronic stock board showing Japan's Nikkei 225 index and other country's market prices at a securities firm in Tokyo Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017. Shares were mostly lower in Asia on Tuesday as investors stepped back after several days of advances, erasing early gains. Markets are awaiting the Federal Reserve meeting on Wednesday and the outcome of a major Chinese planning conference. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
December 12, 2017 - 1:27 am
TOKYO (AP) — Shares were mostly lower in Asia on Tuesday as investors stepped back after several days of advances, erasing early gains. Markets are awaiting the Federal Reserve meeting on Wednesday and the outcome of a major Chinese planning conference. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's Nikkei 225 index lost...
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A man walks past an electronic stock board showing Japan's Nikkei 225 index and other country's market prices at a securities firm in Tokyo Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017. Shares were mostly lower in Asia on Tuesday as investors stepped back after several days of advances, erasing early gains. Markets are awaiting the Federal Reserve meeting on Wednesday and the outcome of a major Chinese planning conference. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
December 11, 2017 - 11:13 pm
TOKYO (AP) — Shares were mostly lower in Asia on Tuesday as investors stepped back after several days of advances, erasing early gains. Markets are awaiting the Federal Reserve meeting on Wednesday and the outcome of a major Chinese planning conference. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's Nikkei 225 index was...
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FILE - This July 16, 2013, file photo, shows a Wall Street street sign outside the New York Stock Exchange. Stock markets are mostly higher on Monday, Dec. 11, 2017, as upbeat U.S. jobs data from a week earlier and signs of progress in the Brexit talks continued to support investor sentiment. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
December 11, 2017 - 5:11 pm
Technology companies led U.S. stocks modestly higher Monday, driving the market to another set of milestones. The Standard & Poor's 500 index and Dow Jones industrial average finished at new highs. Both indexes also hit record highs on Friday. Solid gains by health care companies also helped...
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FILE - This July 16, 2013, file photo, shows a Wall Street street sign outside the New York Stock Exchange. Stock markets are mostly higher on Monday, Dec. 11, 2017, as upbeat U.S. jobs data from a week earlier and signs of progress in the Brexit talks continued to support investor sentiment. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
December 11, 2017 - 3:20 pm
Technology companies led U.S. stocks modestly higher in late-afternoon trading Monday. Health care companies also helped lift the market, outweighing losses among industrial firms, banks and makers of packaged foods and other consumer goods. Energy stocks rose along with the price of crude oil...
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FILE - This July 16, 2013, file photo, shows a Wall Street street sign outside the New York Stock Exchange. Stock markets are mostly higher on Monday, Dec. 11, 2017, as upbeat U.S. jobs data from a week earlier and signs of progress in the Brexit talks continued to support investor sentiment. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
December 11, 2017 - 1:42 pm
Technology companies led U.S. stocks modestly higher in afternoon trading Monday. Health care companies also helped lift the market, outweighing losses among banks and makers of packaged foods and other consumer goods. Energy stocks rose along with the price of crude oil. Traders had their eye on...
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