Leading economic indicators

FILE - In this June 24, 2016, file photo, people walk by the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EDT on Monday, April 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
April 30, 2018 - 11:42 am
NEW YORK (AP) — A burst of corporate deals and strong earnings reports helped nudge U.S. stock indexes higher Monday. If the gains hold, it will be the fourth straight increase for the S&P 500, marking the longest winning streak in more than two months. KEEPING SCORE: The S&P 500 rose 3...
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FILE - In this June 24, 2016, file photo, people walk by the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EDT on Monday, April 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
April 30, 2018 - 10:13 am
NEW YORK (AP) — A burst of corporate deals and strong earnings reports helped push U.S. stock indexes higher in early trading Monday. If the gains hold, it will be the fourth straight increase for the S&P 500, marking the longest winning streak in more than two months. KEEPING SCORE: The S&...
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FILE- In this March 6, 2018, file photo, a McDonald's Quarter Pounder, left, and Double Quarter Pound burger is shown with fresh beef in Atlanta. McDonald's Corp. reports earnings Monday, April 30. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart, File)
April 30, 2018 - 9:29 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Higher prices on McDonald's menu led to surprisingly strong comparable-store sales during the first quarter, sending shares up sharply in early trading Monday. Sales rose 2.9 percent at established restaurants in the U.S., the company's biggest market. Worldwide, that figure rose 5...
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In this March 26, 2018 photo, people wait to cross a street in front of an electronic stock indicator of a securities firm in Tokyo. Shares were higher in Hong Kong and South Korea on Monday, April 30, 2018, following the release of reassuring manufacturing data for China, though many Asian markets are closed for holidays. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
April 30, 2018 - 5:32 am
Shares were higher in Europe and Asia on Monday following the release of better-than-expected manufacturing data for China. Markets were closed in Japan and mainland China. KEEPING SCORE: Germany's DAX rose 0.2 percent to 12,608.52 and the CAC 40 of France added 0.2 percent to 5,494.72. The FTSE...
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FILE- In this Feb. 17, 2017, file photo an American flag hangs on the front of the New York Stock Exchange in New York. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EDT on Friday, April 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Peter Morgan, File)
April 27, 2018 - 5:19 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks finished with a split decision Friday after a wobbly day of trading. Amazon led a rally among retailers, but Exxon Mobil dragged energy companies lower to end an uneven week on Wall Street. So far the first-quarter earnings season has been a strong one for U.S. companies...
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FILE - In this Oct. 6, 2017, file photo, workers build an apartment and retail complex in Nashville, Tenn. On Friday, April 27, 2018, the Commerce Department issues its first estimate of how the U.S. economy performed in the January-March quarter. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)
April 27, 2018 - 3:36 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy slowed to a moderate 2.3 percent annual growth rate in the first quarter as consumer spending turned in the weakest performance in nearly five years. Still, the January-March increase came in better than expected, supporting hopes for a solid rebound for the rest...
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FILE- In this Feb. 17, 2017, file photo an American flag hangs on the front of the New York Stock Exchange in New York. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EDT on Friday, April 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Peter Morgan, File)
April 27, 2018 - 1:22 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are mostly higher Friday as a wobbly week of trading nears its close. Amazon is climbing following a strong first quarter and other retailers are up as well. Weak results from Exxon Mobil are weighing on energy companies while big technology companies and defense...
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FILE- In this Feb. 17, 2017, file photo an American flag hangs on the front of the New York Stock Exchange in New York. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EDT on Friday, April 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Peter Morgan, File)
April 27, 2018 - 11:41 am
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are little changed Friday after giving up an early gain. Weak results from Exxon Mobil are weighing on energy companies while big technology companies and defense contractors also take losses. Amazon is climbing following a strong first quarter and other retailers are up...
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FILE- In this April 9, 2018, file photo a cashier rings up a purchase at a store in Salem, N.H. On Friday, April 27, 2018, the Labor Department releases the employment cost index for the first quarter, a measure of wage and benefit growth. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)
April 27, 2018 - 9:34 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. private-sector workers received the biggest pay raise in 11 years in the first three months of the year, a sign that the tight job market is slowly lifting wages. The Labor Department said Friday that its employment cost index shows wages and salaries in the private sector...
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Men walk past an electronic stock board showing Japan's Nikkei 225 index at a securities firm in Tokyo Friday, April 27, 2018. Asian stock markets followed Wall Street higher on Friday after reports of strong U.S. earnings, as investors watched the inter-Korean summit. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
April 27, 2018 - 8:20 am
LONDON (AP) — Global stock markets tracked Wall Street higher on Friday on strong U.S. earnings and as hopes swelled over the landmark summit of the leaders from North and South Korea. KEEPING SCORE: In Europe, Germany's DAX rose 0.8 percent to 12,601 and France's CAC 40 added 0.3 percent to 5,469...
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