Leading economic indicators

Currency traders watch monitors at the foreign exchange dealing room of the KEB Hana Bank headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017. Asian stock markets were largely flat on Thursday with investors in the U.S. markets going on a Thanksgiving holiday and the Fed minutes largely in line with investor expectations that the Fed will soon raise interest rates for a third time next month. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
November 23, 2017 - 2:11 am
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Stocks in Shanghai fell sharply but in rest of Asia, markets were calm Thursday after the Fed minutes largely met investor expectations that it will soon raise interest rates for a third time next month. KEEPING SCORE: China's Shanghai Composite Index sank 2 percent to 3,...
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A man walks past an electronic board showing Hong Kong share index outside a local bank in Hong Kong, Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017. Asian stocks rose Wednesday after Wall Street hit new highs ahead of the two-day U.S. break for the Thanksgiving holiday. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
November 22, 2017 - 4:52 am
BEIJING (AP) — Global stocks rose Wednesday after Wall Street hit new highs ahead of the two-day U.S. break for the Thanksgiving holiday. Hong Kong's Hang Seng index closed above the 30,000 level for the first time in over 10 years. KEEPING SCORE: In early trading, London's FTSE 100 rose 0.2...
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People walk past an electronic stock board showing Japan's Nikkei 225 index at a securities firm in Tokyo Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017. Shares are higher in Asia after Wall Street regained lost ground overnight. Japan’s benchmark rebounded as the yen held steady against the dollar. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
November 21, 2017 - 8:02 am
LONDON (AP) — European stock markets pushed higher Tuesday as investors brushed aside concerns over the political uncertainty in Germany following an upbeat session in Asia where Hong Kong's main index enjoyed its biggest advance in nearly two months. KEEPING SCORE: In Europe, Germany's DAX was up...
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A woman walks by an electronic stock board of a securities firm in Tokyo, Monday, Nov. 20, 2017. Asian shares fell muted trading Monday, ahead of the Thanksgiving holidays in the U.S. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
November 20, 2017 - 3:40 am
TOKYO (AP) — Global shares were mostly lower in muted trading Monday ahead of the Thanksgiving holidays in the U.S., as gloom carried over from Friday's retreat on Wall Street. KEEPING SCORE: France's CAC 40 fell 0.1 percent in early trading to 5,312.37, while Germany's DAX lost 0.3 percent to 12,...
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A woman walks by an electronic stock board of a securities firm in Tokyo, Monday, Nov. 20, 2017. Asian shares fell muted trading Monday, ahead of the Thanksgiving holidays in the U.S. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
November 19, 2017 - 10:02 pm
TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares fell in muted trading Monday ahead of the Thanksgiving holidays in the U.S., as gloom carried over from Friday's retreat on Wall Street. Japan reported its exports rose 14 percent in October from a year earlier on strong demand from China and the U.S. KEEPING SCORE: Japan'...
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FILE - In this Friday, May 19, 2017, file photo, job seekers walk into the Opportunity Fair and Forum employment event in Dallas. On Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, the Labor Department reports on state unemployment rates for October. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)
November 17, 2017 - 6:30 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Unemployment rates fell to record lows in Alabama, Hawaii and Texas last month, and dropped in nine other U.S. states. Employers added jobs in nine states in October, and cut them in three, the Labor Department said Friday. Steady hiring has driven down unemployment in most states...
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Traders Peter Tuchman, left, and Ryan Falvey work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Friday, Nov. 17, 2017. U.S. stocks are dipping Friday morning, a day after the market made its biggest gain in two months. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
November 17, 2017 - 4:51 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Retailers and smaller U.S. companies jumped again Friday as they continued to report strong third-quarter results, but technology companies and other big U.S. corporations couldn't add to the previous day's gains. A slew of retailers including discount chain Ross Stores, shoe store...
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November 17, 2017 - 12:44 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Shares of Stitch Fix, an online clothing styling service, jumped 12 percent in their stock market debut Friday. But the company sold fewer shares and at a lower price than it previously expected, a sign of weak demand for its initial public offering, The San Francisco-based company...
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In this Thursday, June 1, 2017, photo, builders work on the roof of a home under construction at a housing plan in Jackson Township, Butler County, Pa. On Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, the Commerce Department reports on U.S. home construction in October. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
November 17, 2017 - 9:59 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Construction of new homes climbed 13.7 percent in October, the biggest jump in a year as builders broke ground on more apartments and single-family houses. The Commerce Department said Friday that the monthly gain put U.S. housing starts at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1...
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November 16, 2017 - 3:55 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — An activist investor has proposed taking Barnes & Noble private but the company does not consider the offer genuine, the book chain said Thursday. Its shares soared on the report. Sandell Asset Management approached the company with a proposal valuing it at more than $650...
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