Leading economic indicators

FILE - In this April 29, 2020 file photo, a sign reminding customers of social distancing is posted in the Bink's Outfitters store in Murfreesboro, Tenn. U.S. consumer spending plunged 7.5% in March, reflecting the growing impact of the coronavirus pandemic as Americans complied with stay-at-home orders. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)
April 29, 2020 - 9:21 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The effort to reopen the economy in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic has set off a conflict at the state and federal level that is escalating by the day over how much legal protection companies should get if their returning workers get sick. The White House, governors,...
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A currency trader watches monitors at the foreign exchange dealing room of the KEB Hana Bank headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, April 29, 2020. Asian stock markets gained Wednesday after France and Spain joined governments that plan to ease anti-virus controls and allow businesses to reopen. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
April 29, 2020 - 4:49 pm
Stocks around the world whipped higher Wednesday, riding a wave of optimism on encouraging data about a possible treatment for COVID-19. The upswell of hope was so strong that investors completely sidestepped a report showing the outbreak drove the U.S. economy to its worst quarterly performance...
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FILE - In this April 8, 2020, file photo, a pedestrian strolls past small businesses that are shuttered closed during the coronavirus epidemic in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn in New York. As of mid-April, about 26 million Americans had filed unemployment claims in the first five weeks since governments began ordering people to stay home and some businesses to close as a precaution against spreading the virus that causes the COVID-19 disease. It's already the worst stretch of job losses in U.S. history. New unemployment data to be released Thursday, April 30, 2020, is expected to push that total even higher. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
April 29, 2020 - 4:24 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A surge in unemployment stemming from the coronavirus shutdown of large parts of the U.S. economy is starting to push some state jobless funds toward insolvency. At least a half-dozen states already have notified the federal government that they could need to borrow...
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A currency trader watches monitors at the foreign exchange dealing room of the KEB Hana Bank headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, April 29, 2020. Asian stock markets gained Wednesday after France and Spain joined governments that plan to ease anti-virus controls and allow businesses to reopen. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
April 28, 2020 - 11:47 pm
BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets gained Wednesday after France and Spain joined governments that plan to ease anti-virus controls and allow businesses to reopen. Benchmarks in Shanghai, Hong Kong, Sydney and Southeast Asia advanced. Japanese markets were closed for a holiday. Wall Street...
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April 28, 2020 - 5:54 pm
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — It’s no joke — Tupac Shakur lives in Kentucky and needs unemployment benefits to pay his bills. The Lexington man’s name was brought up by Gov. Andy Beshear on Monday night as he spoke about how the state is trying to process all unemployment claims filed in March amid the...
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A lone shopping cart sits in an empty parking lot Friday, April 24, 2020, outside closed businesses in Phoenix. The outbreak of the coronavirus has dealt a shock to the global economy with unprecedented speed and retail stores may have been changed forever by the outbreak. (AP Photo/Matt York)
April 28, 2020 - 11:05 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer confidence plunged in April as millions lost their jobs and there was an unprecedented deterioration of an index that monitors their attitudes about current business and work conditions. The Conference Board said Tuesday that its confidence index tumbled to a reading...
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FILE - In this Jan. 29, 2020 file photo, Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell pauses during a news conference in Washington. The Federal Reserve is taking additional steps to provide up to $2.3 trillion in loans to suport American households and businesses as well as local governments as they deal with the coronavirus. The Fed said Thursday, April 9, among the actions it is taking is the activation of a Main Street Lending Program that was authorized by the $2.3 trillion economic relief bill pass by Congress last month.(AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
April 27, 2020 - 6:19 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve has largely calmed turbulent financial markets. Yet a far tougher task remains: Helping rescue an economy and job market that appear to be free-falling into the worst catastrophe since the Great Depression. Fed policymakers will meet Tuesday and Wednesday...
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A currency trader stretches at the foreign exchange dealing room of the KEB Hana Bank headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, April 27, 2020. Asian stock markets have gained after Japan's central bank promised to buy more government bonds to support financial markets as investors look to central bankers to shore up the struggling global economy. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
April 27, 2020 - 4:57 pm
With governments making moves toward letting businesses reopen, stocks rallied worldwide on Monday to kick off a busy week for markets. From Rome, Georgia, to Rome, Italy, companies are watching as politicians detail plans to ease up on restrictions that were meant to slow the coronavirus pandemic...
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FILE - In this file photo taken on Thursday, March 26, 2020, Founder of Anderson Family Cafe Network Anastasia Tatulova, left, speaks to Russian President Vladimir Putin during a meeting with business owners and entrepreneurs at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia. With tears in her eyes, Anastasia Tatulova, who owns a chain of cafes for children, told Putin during a recent meeting with businessmen that a more tangible support is needed quickly. She urged the Kremlin to temporarily waive taxes instead of offering tax deferments and expand subsidies. Putin promised help, but Tatulova said that the federal authorities have stonewalled most of her proposals. (Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
April 27, 2020 - 10:10 am
MOSCOW (AP) — Desperate business owners in Russia have been pleading with the Kremlin for help in the pandemic shutdown. The response, however, has been slow and largely focused on big industries, leaving most smaller companies to fend for themselves and raising the prospect of massive unemployment...
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President Donald Trump signs a coronavirus aid package to direct funds to small businesses, hospitals, and testing, in the Oval Office of the White House, Friday, April 24, 2020, in Washington. Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., left, and Jovita Carranza, administrator of the Small Business Administration look on. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
April 24, 2020 - 6:09 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Spend what it takes, Washington said as it confronted the coronavirus. Well over $2 trillion later, it’s unclear where that spending will end. One of the lasting legacies of the coronavirus pandemic will be staggering debts and deficits on the U.S. balance sheet, with shortfalls...
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