Economic outlook

FILE - In this Sept. 25, 2019, file photo a sign indicates a new selling price for a house sits atop a realtor's sign in Jackson, Miss. On Thursday, Nov. 14, Freddie Mac reports on this week’s average U.S. mortgage rates. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)
November 14, 2019 - 1:37 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. long-term mortgage rates rose this week amid optimism over prospects for the U.S. economy. Rates remain at historically low levels, however, as an incentive to prospective homebuyers. Mortgage giant Freddie Mac said Thursday the average rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage...
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A currency trader talks on the phone at the foreign exchange dealing room of the KEB Hana Bank headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019. Asian stock markets were mixed Thursday amid doubts about the status of a U.S.-Chinese trade deal after the U.S. Federal Reserve’s chairman said it is likely to leave its benchmark interest rate unchanged. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
November 14, 2019 - 7:58 am
BEIJING (AP) — Global stock markets slipped Thursday amid doubts about a U.S.-Chinese trade deal and after the U.S. Federal Reserve chairman said it is likely to leave its benchmark interest rate unchanged. London and Frankfurt were trading lower after Tokyo and Hong Kong closed down for the day...
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Federal Reserve Board Chair Jerome Powell testifies on the economic outlook, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
November 13, 2019 - 4:26 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said Wednesday that the Fed is likely to keep its benchmark short-term interest rate unchanged in the coming months, unless the economy shows signs of worsening. But for now, in testimony before a congressional panel, Powell expressed...
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Trader Stephen Gilmartin, right, works with specialist Dilip Patel on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019. Stocks are opening slightly lower on Wall Street led by declines in banks and industrial companies. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
November 13, 2019 - 12:22 pm
Major U.S. stock indexes edged higher in midday trading Wednesday after the chairman of the Federal Reserve told lawmakers that the central bank is likely to hold off on another interest rate cut, unless the economy shows signs of worsening. Fed Chairman Jerome Powell also expressed optimism about...
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Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell speaks during a news conference in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019. The Federal Reserve cut rates for the third time this year. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
November 13, 2019 - 11:47 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell’s testimony before the Joint Economic Committee about the outlook for the U.S. economy (all times local): 11:45 a.m. Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell says that the unemployment rate, already near a 50-year low, could drop...
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FILE - In this Nov. 7, 2019, file photo specialist Gregg Maloney, left, and trader David O'Day work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EST on Monday, Nov 11. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
November 11, 2019 - 4:51 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks mostly fell on Monday as uncertainty continues to hang over U.S.-China trade talks, or at least over investors' perception of them. The stock market has been rallying for five weeks in part on optimism that the United States and China are nearing a stopgap deal to calm...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019, file photo specialist Gregg Maloney, left, and trader John Panin work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EDT on Friday, Nov. 1. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
November 01, 2019 - 12:35 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A government report revealing surprisingly solid job growth in October put investors in a buying mood Friday and drove broad gains for U.S. stocks in midday trading. The Labor Department said U.S. employers added 128,000 jobs, far more than the 89,500 additions that economists...
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A workman sweeps up leaves in front of 10 Downing Street in London, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019. Britons will be heading out to vote in the dark days of December after the House of Commons on Tuesday backed an early national vote that could break the country's political impasse over Brexit — or turn out to be merely a temporary distraction. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
October 30, 2019 - 8:36 am
LONDON (AP) — A respected British think tank slammed Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Brexit deal on Wednesday, concluding that the economy would be 3.5% smaller compared with staying in the European Union. The study by the National Institute of Economic and Social Research says the agreement would...
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FILE - In this June 19, 2019, file photo the Washington news conference of Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell appears on television screen on the trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange shows the rate decision of the Federal Reserve. The Fed concludes its two-day meeting Wednesday, Oct. 30. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
October 30, 2019 - 12:05 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve is set to cut its benchmark interest rate Wednesday for a third time this year to help sustain the U.S. economic expansion in the face of widespread trade tensions and slower global growth. But the Fed's policymakers will likely frustrate anyone who is hoping...
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FILE - In this Oct. 4, 2019, file photo Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell listens to feedback during a panel at the Federal Reserve Board Building in Washington. The Fed concludes its two-day meeting Wednesday, Oct. 30. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
October 29, 2019 - 11:24 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Economists and investors who are trying to get a fix on what the Federal Reserve may do in the months ahead have zeroed in on a single phrase in the statement it has issued after its most recent policy meetings. The phrase seems innocuous enough. The Fed's policymakers, it states...
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