US home prices rise 10.9 pct., most since 2006
2013-05-28 16:19:28 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home prices jumped 10.9 percent in March compared with a year ago, the most since April 2006. A growing number of buyers are bidding on a tight supply of homes, driving prices higher and helping the housing market reco...
US durable goods orders rise 3.3 percent in April
2013-05-24 16:13:43 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. orders for long-lasting manufactured goods rebounded in April, buoyed by more demand for aircraft and stronger business investment. The gains suggest economic growth may be holding steady this spring.
Orders for dur...
Survey shows China manufacturing contracting
2013-05-23 04:25:46 UTC
BEIJING (AP) — A survey shows China's manufacturing contracted this month, adding to signs a fragile economic recovery is slowing.
HSBC Corp. said Thursday the preliminary version of its monthly purchasing managers index fell to a seven-month...
Bernanke signals Fed to maintain stimulus efforts
2013-05-22 17:13:52 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Chairman Ben Bernanke told Congress Wednesday that the U.S. job market remains weak and that it is too soon for the Federal Reserve to end its extraordinary stimulus programs.
Reducing the Fed's efforts to keep borrowi...
Stocks rise on Fed stimulus hopes, home sales
2013-05-22 17:12:51 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are moving higher Wednesday after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said it was too soon for the central bank to pull back on its economic stimulus programs.
Investors were also encouraged by news that sales of ...
US auto factories cutting back on summer downtime
2013-05-22 17:07:21 UTC
DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit automakers are largely forgoing the traditional two-week summer break at their factories and speeding up production to meet buyers' growing demand for new cars and trucks.
Ford Motor Co. said Wednesday that 21...
Housing recovery boosts Home Depot 1Q results
2013-05-21 17:28:21 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Home Depot Inc.'s first-quarter net income rose 18 percent, thanks to the ongoing housing recovery, despite a chilly and wet spring.
Its quarterly results topped Wall Street expectations, and the world's biggest home impro...
Actavis buying Warner Chilcott in $8.5B deal
2013-05-20 17:34:19 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Actavis is buying Warner Chilcott in an all-stock deal valued at about $8.5 billion that would create the third-biggest specialty pharmaceutical company in the U.S. market.
The announcement Monday comes after the companies...
Brazil approves law to modernize ports
2013-05-18 05:07:05 UTC
SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil plans to modernize and expand its overcrowded ports, attract private investments to the sector and make it easier for companies to hire skilled foreign workers, in a bid to spur economic growth,
The Brazilian Congr...
A late fade on Wall Street; Wal-Mart, Disney slump
2013-05-17 04:14:49 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Signs of a slowing economy combined with comments from a Federal Reserve official helped pull the stock market down Thursday.
There was plenty of discouraging news. Applications for unemployment benefits rose last week and...
German economy returns to modest growth
2013-05-15 06:39:09 UTC
BERLIN (AP) — The German economy, Europe's biggest, returned to very modest growth in the first quarter and avoided a recession.
Germany's Federal Statistical Office said Wednesday that the economy grew by a slight 0.1 percent in the January-...
Stocks mixed as retail sales unexpectedly rise
2013-05-13 17:32:03 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — A record-breaking rally in stocks stalled Monday as investors assessed whether stock valuations were overstating the improvement in the economy.
Stocks started the day lower even after the government reported t...
US retail sales rise in April on cars, clothing
2013-05-13 17:28:23 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans increased their spending in April at retail businesses, buying more cars and clothes while paying less for gas. The rebound from a weak March suggests consumers may help boost economic growth again this sp...
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US jobless aid applications fall to 5-year low
2013-05-10 05:00:19 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans who applied for unemployment benefits fell by 4,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 323,000, a five-year low. Layoffs have returned to pre-recession levels, a trend that could lead to more h...
US factory orders down 4 percent in March
2013-05-03 17:15:22 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Orders to U.S. factories fell in March by the largest amount in seven months but a key category that signals business investment plans managed a small increase.
Factory orders dropped 4 percent in March, reflecting a big...
US service firms grew more slowly in April
2013-05-03 17:13:55 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — A survey of U.S. service firms says the sector expanded at a slower pace in April than March, as companies reported less business activity and couldn't raise their prices.
The Institute for Supply Management said Friday ...
US employers add 165K jobs; rate falls to 7.5 pct.
2013-05-03 17:11:40 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy showed last month why it remains the envy of industrialized nations: In the face of tax increases and federal spending cuts, employers added a solid 165,000 jobs in April — and far more in February and Marc...
Stocks gain after unemployment claims fall
2013-05-02 19:11:15 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Encouraging news about the job market and higher profits from CBS, Facebook and other companies lifted stocks Thursday.
Signs of increased hiring have supported this year's surge in stocks and pushed the market to record...
Oil slips as US growth lags expectations
2013-04-26 17:30:41 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — The price of oil slipped after two days of strong gains as U.S. economic growth was slightly slower than expected.
By midday in New York Friday, benchmark oil for June delivery was down $1.18, or 1.3 percent, to $92.46 a b...
Stocks mostly lower on tepid US economic growth
2013-04-26 17:28:21 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market sputtered Friday after the U.S. economy didn't grow as much as hoped. Neither did earnings from a handful of big companies like Amazon.com.
The economy grew at an annual rate of 2.5 percent in the first ...
S&P nears record as home price surge lifts stocks
2013-03-26 23:18:54 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — More good news on the economy Tuesday drove the Standard & Poor's 500 index to within two points of its record closing high.
The S&P rose 12.08 points, or 0.8 percent, to 1,563.77. Its record close of 1,565.16 ...
Oil rises on auspicious US economic data
2013-03-26 20:02:42 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — The price of oil climbed above $96 a barrel Tuesday after fresh U.S. economic data suggested the world's largest economy keeps recovering.
Benchmark crude for May delivery gained $1.53 to finish at a five-week hi...
Housing, manufacturing give US economy lift
2013-03-26 19:35:59 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Gains in housing and manufacturing propelled the U.S. economy over the winter, according to reports released Tuesday, and analysts say they point to the resilience of consumers and businesses as government spendi...
Bernanke: Low interest-rate-policies benefit trade
2013-03-25 18:22:28 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Chairman Ben Bernanke said Monday that the Federal Reserve's low-interest-rate policies are helping to boost growth around the world and have created markets for products made in developing nations.
In a speec...