Leading economic indicators

A currency trader watches monitors at the foreign exchange dealing room of the KEB Hana Bank headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Nov. 27, 2020. Asian stock markets declined Friday as questions about the effectiveness of one possible coronavirus vaccine weighed on investor optimism. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
November 27, 2020 - 11:09 am
NEW YORK (AP) — The S&P 500 rose to a record high Friday as investors continue to look forward to the distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine and relief for the global economy. The benchmark index rose 8.70 points, or 0.2%, led by gains in technology companies, and closed at an all-time high of 3,...
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A currency trader talks on the phone near the screens showing the foreign exchange rates at the foreign exchange dealing room in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020. Asian shares were mixed Thursday, after Wall Street took a pause from the optimism underlined in a record-setting climb earlier in the week. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
November 26, 2020 - 5:35 am
TOKYO (AP) — Global stock markets were subdued on Thursday after significant gains in recent days and as U.S. trading remained closed for the Thanksgiving holiday. Investors have been in an upbeat mood this week, pushing the Dow above 30,000 for the first time, on news of the development of...
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President-elect Joe Biden speaks Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020, in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
November 25, 2020 - 12:54 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President-elect Joe Biden (all times local): 3:30 p.m. A big Biden family Thanksgiving is off the table for President-elect Joe Biden because of the pandemic. In remarks billed as a Thanksgiving address to the nation, the Democrat urged Americans to “hang on” and not...
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Rows of boxed big-screen televisions sit on display at a Costco warehouse in this photograph taken Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020, in Sheridan, Colo. Orders for big-ticket manufactured goods slow to modest gain of 1.3% in October indicating economy is slowing. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
November 25, 2020 - 6:48 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Orders to U.S. factories for big-ticket manufactured goods showed a modest gain in October but much of the strength came from a big jump in orders for military equipment. Orders for durable goods, items expected to last at least three years, rose a better-than-expected 1.3% in...
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Envelopes from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Reemployment Assistance Program are shown, Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020, in Surfside, Fla. The number of a Americans applying for unemployment benefits rose last week to 778,000, evidence that the U.S. economy and job market remain under strain as coronavirus cases surge and colder weather heighten the risks. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
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November 25, 2020 - 6:39 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits rose last week for a second straight week to 778,000, evidence that the U.S. economy and job market remain under strain as coronavirus cases surge and colder weather heighten the risks. The Labor Department's report...
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A trader works at the New York Stock Exchange, Tuesday, November 24, 2020. The Dow Jones Industrial Average traded above 30,000 points for the first time as investors were encouraged by the latest progress on developing coronavirus vaccines and news that the transition of power in the U.S. to President-elect Joe Biden will finally begin. (Nicole Pereira/NYSE via AP)
November 25, 2020 - 12:30 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Wall Street busted through its latest milestone Tuesday, when the Dow Jones Industrial Average topped 30,000 for the first time. The Dow rose 454.97 points, or 1.5%, to close at 30,046.24. Investors were encouraged by progress in the development of coronavirus vaccines and news that...
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People stand by an electronic stock board of a securities firm showing Japan's Nikkei 225 index in Tokyo, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020. Asian shares rose Wednesday after the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed above 30,000 points for the first time despite an ongoing pandemic, as progress in development of coronavirus vaccines kept investors in a buying mood. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
November 24, 2020 - 7:36 pm
TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares rose Wednesday after the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed above 30,000 points for the first time despite an ongoing pandemic, as progress in development of coronavirus vaccines kept investors in a buying mood. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 jumped 1.7% to 26,607.63 in...
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FILE - This May 11, 2018, file photo, from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, shows Scott Peterson. A California prosecutor says someone has filed an unemployment claim in the name of convicted murderer Peterson. Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert said it is one of at least 35,000 unemployment claims made on behalf of prison inmates between March and August 2020. (California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation via AP, File)
November 24, 2020 - 6:53 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's system for paying unemployment benefits is so dysfunctional that the state approved more than $140 million for at least 20,000 prisoners, local and federal prosecutors said Tuesday, detailing a scheme that resulted in claims filed in the names of well-known...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, file photo, passers-by examine a storefront window in Boston's fashionable Newbury Street shopping district. U.S. consumer confidence dipped slightly in October as a new wave of coronavirus cases began across the country. The Conference Board reported Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, that its consumer confidence index fell to a reading of 100.9, from 101.8 in September. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
November 24, 2020 - 7:44 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer confidence fell to a reading of 96.1 in November as rising coronavirus cases pushed American optimism down to the lowest level since August. The November reading released Tuesday by the the Conference Board said represents a drop from a revised 101.4 in October. The...
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A currency trader walks by a screen showing the foreign exchange rate between U.S. dollar and South Korean won at the foreign exchange dealing room in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Nov. 23, 2020. Asian stocks rose Monday as investors looked ahead to quarterly U.S. economic data and updates on anti-coronavirus curbs on business amid wrangling over the American presidential election. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
November 23, 2020 - 6:46 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are off to a good start on Wall Street Monday after AstraZeneca said that late-stage trials showed that its coronavirus vaccine was up to 90% effective. The S&P 500 rose 0.9% in the early going Monday following a loss last week. Companies that would benefit the most from...
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