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Dow drops more than 1,000 as outbreak threatens the economy

By ALEX VEIGA and DAMIAN J. TROISE | February 24, 2020

The Dow Jones Industrial Average sank more than 1,000 points as the spread of the new coronavirus threatened wider damage to the global economy. The drop was the worst for the index in two years and wiped out its gains so far in 2020. Nervous investors...

Markets tank on concern about virus impact on world economy

By ELAINE KURTENBACH | February 24, 2020

BANGKOK (AP) — Shares skidded, oil prices sank and the price of gold surged on Monday as the number of people infected or killed by the viral outbreak that began in China surged, heaping more uncertainty on the economic outlook.The decline promises...

Fed officials downplay virus even as markets see rate cuts

By CHRISTOPHER RUGABER | February 21, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — When Wall Street expects the Federal Reserve to cut interest rates, should that influence the Fed's decisions?Two Fed officials diverged on that issue in remarks Friday at a monetary policy conference in New York. The disagreement...

World markets slip on renewed fears over virus outbreak

By JOE McDONALD | February 21, 2020

BEIJING (AP) — Global stock markets slipped on Friday after a spike in new virus cases in South Korea and other countries refueled investor anxiety about China's disease outbreak.Benchmarks in Tokyo, Hong Kong and Sydney closed down and London, Frankfurt...

Global stocks mostly slip as virus weighs on companies

By YURI KAGEYAMA | February 20, 2020

TOKYO (AP) — Global shares mostly dipped Thursday as several companies estimated that the outbreak of the new coronavirus in China will weigh on their earnings.France's CAC 40 edged down 0.2% to 6,099 and Germany's DAX fell 0.2% to 13,765. Britain's...

Asian stocks mixed after Wall Street rises to record

By YURI KAGEYAMA | February 19, 2020

TOKYO (AP) — Shares were mixed Thursday in Asia after Wall Street recovered to record highs, but worries persist about damage to the regional economy from the new virus that began in China.Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 gained 0.3% to 23,474.78, shedding...

UK inflation jumps higher, reducing likelihood of rate cut

February 19, 2020

LONDON (AP) — Consumer price inflation in Britain jumped higher in January, official figures showed Wednesday, undermining the case for the central bank to cut interest rates as it had been expected to do.The annual inflation rate rose to 1.8% from...

Shares take hit as virus outbreak slams profits, events

By ELAINE KURTENBACH | February 18, 2020

BANGKOK (AP) — Stock markets slipped Tuesday as the impact from the virus outbreak that began in China deepened, with Apple saying it would fail to meet its profit target this quarter and China moving to postpone or cancel major events, including the...

Negative interest rates turn saving, borrowing upside down

By DAVID McHUGH and CHRISTOPHER RUGABER | February 14, 2020

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Imagine a mortgage that pays you the interest, not the other way around. Or a savings account where it's the bank, not the saver, who collects interest.Welcome to the upside-down world of ultra-low and negative interest rates...

Solid earnings send stock indexes higher on Wall Street

By ALEX VEIGA | February 12, 2020

Stocks closed broadly higher on Wall Street Wednesday, driving the S&P 500 and Nasdaq indexes to more record highs.Technology stocks powered much of the rally as investors focused on the latest batch of mostly solid company earnings reports. The latest...

Powell hears bipartisan Senate support for Fed independence

By CHRISTOPHER RUGABER | February 12, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican and Democratic senators voiced strong support for an independent Federal Reserve during a hearing with Fed Chair Jerome Powell, one day after President Donald Trump launched another attack directed at Powell on Twitter.“Stay...

Asian shares rise despite worries about virus outbreak

By YURI KAGEYAMA | February 11, 2020

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were higher Wednesday, although the outbreak of a new virus in the region continued to weigh on investor sentiments.Japan's Nikkei 225 rose 0.5% in morning trading to 23,813.14. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 gained 0.6% to 7,094.00....