Leading economic indicators

A man looks at an electronic stock board showing Japan's Nikkei 225 index at a securities firm in Tokyo Friday, July 3, 2020. Markets advanced in Asia on Friday following a Wall Street rally driven by strong jobs data. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
July 03, 2020 - 11:47 am
World stock markets fell slightly in Europe on Friday after gains in Asia, with trading somewhat subdued by a long holiday weekend in the U.S. With Wall Street remaining closed in observance of Independence Day, Germany's DAX edged 0.6% lower to 12,528.18. The CAC 40 in Paris dropped 0.8% to 5,007...
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Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at Alexis Dupont High School in Wilmington, Del., Tuesday, June 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
July 03, 2020 - 5:04 am
NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. economy just posted its best single-month job gain in history. U.S. unemployment is at one of its worst points since the Great Depression. Both are true. As Republicans and Democrats fought to spin Thursday's jobs numbers to their advantage, both sides face tremendous...
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President Donald Trump swings a baseball bat during the Spirit of America Showcase at the White House, Thursday, July 2, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
July 02, 2020 - 10:44 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. economy just posted its best single-month job gain in history. U.S. unemployment is at one of its worst points since the Great Depression. Both are true. As Republicans and Democrats fought to spin Thursday's jobs numbers to their advantage, both sides face tremendous...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, March 10, 2020, file photo, specialists James Denaro, left, and Mario Picone work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Global stock markets and Wall Street futures rose Thursday, July 2, 2020, on hopes for the development of a coronavirus vaccine and ahead of the release of monthly U.S. jobs data. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
July 02, 2020 - 3:51 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks closed broadly higher on Wall Street Thursday as investors welcomed a report showing the U.S. job market continues to climb out of the crater created by the coronavirus pandemic. The S&P 500 rose 0.5%, its fourth-straight gain. The index ended the holiday-shortened week...
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The sun rises over Frankfurt, Germany, with the buildings of the banking district at right, early Thursday, July 2, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
July 02, 2020 - 4:43 am
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The unemployment rate in the 19 countries that use the euro currency inched higher to 7.4 % in May from 7.3% in April as governments used active labor market support programs to cushion the impact of the virus outbreak on workers. The figures released Thursday by...
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A woman wearing a mask passes a sign for Wall Street, Tuesday, June 30, 2020, during the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
July 01, 2020 - 10:18 pm
Asian stock markets followed Wall Street higher Thursday as hopes for development of a coronavirus vaccine competed with concern about rising U.S. infections. Benchmarks in Shanghai, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Australia all advanced. Investors were encouraged after Pfizer and BioNtech announced...
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FILE - In this June 4, 2020 file photo, a pedestrian wearing a mask walks past a reader board advertising a job opening for a remodeling company, in Seattle. U.S. companies added nearly 2.4 million jobs in June, according to a private survey, a large gain that still leaves the job market far below its pre-pandemic levels. The payroll company ADP said that small businesses reported the largest gain, adding 937,000 jobs. Construction firms and restaurants and hotels also posted big increases in hiring. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
July 01, 2020 - 2:33 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — With the viral outbreak worsening and unemployment at Depression-era levels, the government on Thursday will issue what will almost surely be another remarkable jobs report. Hiring in June might have reached the highest monthly total on record — 3 million. Yet so deep were the...
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July 01, 2020 - 7:37 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. companies added nearly 2.4 million jobs in June, according to a private survey, a large gain that still leaves total employment far below its pre-pandemic levels. The payroll company ADP said that small businesses reported the biggest increase, adding 937,000 jobs...
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July 01, 2020 - 3:34 am
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's unemployment rate ticked higher in June, official figures showed Wednesday, but the rise was slower than in the previous two months and extensive use of a government-backed short-time work program kept job losses down. The unadjusted jobless rate, the headline rate in...
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A woman wearing a mask passes the New York Stock Exchange, Tuesday, June 30, 2020, during the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
June 30, 2020 - 1:33 pm
Stock indexes moved mostly higher on Wall Street in afternoon trading Tuesday, a quiet coda for a rocking quarter that sent the U.S. stock market screaming back toward its record heights. The S&P 500 was up 0.7%, bringing its gain since the end of March to 18.9%. Other stock markets around the...
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