Leading economic indicators

FILE - In this March 1, 2018, file photo, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell testifies as he gives the semiannual monetary policy report to the Senate Banking Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Federal Reserve’s first meeting under Powell’s leadership will likely end Wednesday, March 21, with an announcement that the Fed will resume its modest interest rate hikes. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
March 19, 2018 - 12:16 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve's first meeting under Jerome Powell's leadership will likely end Wednesday with an announcement that the Fed will resume its modest interest rate hikes. But investors will be most attuned to what Powell signals at his first news conference about whether and how...
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Trader James Riley, left, and specialist John O'Hara work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Friday, March 16, 2018. Global stock markets were mixed Friday amid caution about U.S. plans to raise tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum and uncertainty over White House politics. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
March 16, 2018 - 1:57 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are edging higher Friday after several days of losses. Energy companies are rising with the price of oil while technology companies are slipping. While retailers are mostly higher, jewelry chain Tiffany is falling after a weak sales report and disappointing forecast. The...
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Trader James Riley, left, and specialist John O'Hara work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Friday, March 16, 2018. Global stock markets were mixed Friday amid caution about U.S. plans to raise tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum and uncertainty over White House politics. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
March 16, 2018 - 12:07 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are rising Friday as industrial companies and banks make gains. While retailers are mostly higher, jewelry chain Tiffany is falling after a weak sales report and disappointing forecast. The S&P 500 has slipped for four days in a row and is still down 1 percent this...
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FILE - In this Oct. 25, 2016, file photo, a pedestrian walks past the New York Stock Exchange, in lower Manhattan. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EST on Friday, March 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
March 16, 2018 - 10:16 am
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are edging higher Friday morning as technology companies and banks make gains. While retailers are mostly higher, jewelry chain Tiffany and Hibbett Sports are both falling after investors were disappointed with their quarterly reports and forecasts. The S&P 500 has...
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FILE- In this Feb. 16, 2018, file photo, building materials are stacked along home sites as construction is under way at a new housing plan in Zelienople, Pa. On Friday, March 16, 2018, the Commerce Department reports on U.S. home construction in February. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)
March 16, 2018 - 8:48 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Homebuilders broke ground on fewer apartment complexes in February, causing overall housing starts to fall 7 percent. The Commerce Department said Friday that housing starts last month were at a seasonally adjusted annual pace of 1.24 million, a decline that was anticipated after...
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FILE- In this Feb. 16, 2018, file photo, building materials are stacked along home sites as construction is under way at a new housing plan in Zelienople, Pa. On Friday, March 16, 2018, the Commerce Department reports on U.S. home construction in February. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)
March 16, 2018 - 8:36 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Homebuilders broke ground on fewer apartment complexes in February, causing overall housing starts to fall 7 percent. The Commerce Department said Friday that housing starts last month were at a seasonally adjusted annual pace of 1.24 million, an expected decline after...
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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, March 16, 2018. Asian stocks were lower on Friday as caution prevailed while investors waited for more details on the U.S. plans to slap tariffs on Chinese imports and the latest developments on authorities’ investigation into Russia’s election interference. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
March 16, 2018 - 3:14 am
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Asian stock markets were mixed Friday as investors remained cautious about U.S. plans to raise tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum. Uncertainty over White House politics also cast a shadow. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's Nikkei 225 fell 0.6 percent to 21,676.51, while South...
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Specialist Robert Tuccillo, right, works with traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Thursday, March 15, 2018. U.S. stocks are slightly higher Thursday morning as technology and health care companies move up after two days of broad losses. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
March 15, 2018 - 4:52 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks finished mostly lower Thursday in another choppy day of trading after a midday rally faded. Industrial and technology companies rose, but smaller companies and chemical makers skidded. Without any major economic reports or further development on issues like tariffs, stocks...
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Specialist Robert Tuccillo, right, works with traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Thursday, March 15, 2018. U.S. stocks are slightly higher Thursday morning as technology and health care companies move up after two days of broad losses. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
March 15, 2018 - 1:56 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Coming off two days of losses, U.S. stocks are mostly lower Thursday after a midday rally faded. Chemicals maker Monsanto is falling after Bloomberg News reported that U.S. authorities have concerns about its sale to Bayer. Household goods makers and smaller companies are also down...
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FILE - This Oct. 2, 2014, file photo shows the facade of the New York Stock Exchange.T he U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EST on Thursday, March 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
March 15, 2018 - 11:47 am
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are climbing Thursday as technology, industrial and health care companies lead the way following two days of broad losses. Discount retailer Dollar General is climbing after a strong profit forecast for the year. Toymakers Hasbro and Mattel are down as Toys R Us moves...
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