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Asian stocks mostly higher as investors await US data

Updated: 2:10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015

Asian stock markets were mostly higher Wednesday as investors waited for U.S. jobs data to assess when the Federal Reserve will increase interest rates that have been at a record low. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's Nikkei 225 rose 0.6 percent to 20,649.56 and South Korea's Kospi added 0.1 percent to 2,029.38. ...
US stocks open mostly higher; Coach gains on results
FILE - This Jan. 4, 2010, file photo, shows an historic marker on Wall Street in New York. Global stocks were uneven Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015, as weak Chinese manufacturing weighed on sentiment and investors looked ahead to a U.S. jobs report later this week that could cement expectations for a Fed interest rate hike. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Updated: 9:39 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015

Stocks are mostly higher in early trading as investors focus on the latest earnings and deal news. Drugmaker Baxalta surged 14 percent early Tuesday after Irish drugmaker Shire offered to buy the company for $30 billion. Luxury bag and accessory maker Coach jumped 6 percent after reporting earnings that beat ...
Asia stocks mostly down as China data weighs on confidence
Traders Anthony Riccio, left, and Michael Urkonis work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Monday, Aug. 3, 2015. Stocks are opening slightly lower in the U.S. as energy companies slide along with the price of crude oil. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Updated: 11:23 p.m. Monday, Aug. 3, 2015

Asian stocks mostly fell Tuesday as weak Chinese manufacturing weighed on sentiment and investors looked ahead to a U.S. jobs report later this week that could cement expectations for a Fed interest rate hike. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 inched down 0.1 percent to 20,524.39 while Australia's S&P/ASX 200 ...
Greek stock market bloodbath as exchange reopens
A man walks with his dog past a mural at a central neighborhood in Athens, Greece, on Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015. In Athens, the heads of the EU-IMF audit mission met with the Greek ministers of finance and economy with the talks focusing on bank recapitalisation, privatisations and fiscal targets, the finance ministry said.  (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)

Updated: 3:37 p.m. Monday, Aug. 3, 2015

Greece suffered its worst stock market bloodbath in decades on Monday, when it opened after a forced five-week closure, and new data showed a dismal outlook for the bailout-dependent country's shrinking economy. The main stock index shed over 22 percent just minutes into the opening, as investors got their first ...
Energy stocks lead a modest decline in early trading
FILE - In this Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014, file photo, a street sign for Wall Street hangs near the New York Stock Exchange. Weak Chinese manufacturing weighed on Asian stocks Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, but European markets mostly rose, shrugging off a 22 percent plunge in the Athens benchmark which reopened after a five-week shutdown. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Updated: 9:43 a.m. Monday, Aug. 3, 2015

Stocks are opening slightly lower in the U.S. as energy companies slide along with the price of crude oil. Noble Energy slumped 2 percent in early trading Monday. The company reported revenue that was well below what analysts were forecasting. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 13 points, or 0.1 ...
US stocks end lower as energy stocks slump on earnings
FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2014 file photo, a man walks to work on Wall Street, near the New York Stock Exchange, in New York. Global stocks were mixed on Friday, July 31, 2015, with China's stock market extending losses, after data showed the U.S. economy posted solid growth during the second quarter. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Updated: 4:56 p.m. Friday, July 31, 2015

Stocks closed modestly lower Friday as oil titans Exxon Mobil and Chevron led a slump in energy stocks. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 56.12 points, or 0.3 percent, to 17,689.86. The Standard & Poor's 500 index lost 4.71 points, or 0.2 percent, to 2,103.92. The Nasdaq composite closed little ...
University of Michigan: Consumer sentiment dips in July
In this June 9, 2015, photo, shopper Miguel Ramirez, left, pays Angel Hernandez for his merchandise at a local fruit store in the Little Havana area of Miami.  The University of Michigan issues its monthly index of consumer sentiment for July on Friday, July 31, 2015. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

Updated: 10:49 a.m. Friday, July 31, 2015

U.S. consumer sentiment slipped this month but remains at healthy levels, the University of Michigan said Friday. Michigan's index of consumer sentiment fell to 93.1 in July from 96.1 the previous month. Richard Curtin, chief economist for the survey, blamed the drop on the "disappointing pace of economic growth." On ...
US stocks little changed as investors react to earnings

Updated: 9:43 a.m. Friday, July 31, 2015

U.S. stocks are little changed at the open as investors assess the latest batch of company earnings reports. The Standard & Poor's 500 fell one points, or less than 0.1 percent, to 2,108 as of 9:41 a.m. Eastern time on Friday. The Nasdaq gained one point, or less than 0.1 ...
US paychecks grow at record-slow pace in 2nd quarter
FILE - In this May 12, 2014 file photo, Fatima Godoy rolls out the dough as Gustavo Servellon, left, applies the sprinkles as they construct pastries in the bay window at Ted’s Bulletin, a Capitol Hill restaurant in Washington. The Labor Department releases the employment cost index for the second quarter of 2015, a measure of wage and benefit growth, on Friday, July 31, 2015. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Updated: 9:19 a.m. Friday, July 31, 2015

U.S. wages and benefits grew in the spring at the slowest pace in 33 years, stark evidence that stronger hiring isn't lifting paychecks much for most Americans. The slowdown also likely reflects a sharp drop-off in bonus and incentive pay for some workers. The employment cost index rose just 0.2 ...
China down again, other Asian stocks mostly up after US data

Updated: 12:01 a.m. Friday, July 31, 2015

China's stock market extended its loss for a second day while other Asian stocks were mostly up Thursday after data showed the U.S. economy posted solid growth during the second quarter. KEEPING SCORE: The Shanghai Composite Index fell 1.2 percent to 3,662.56 and South Korea's Kospi was down 0.3 percent ...
LinkedIn 2Q caps rough week for social media stocks
FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2014, file photo, LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner speaks during the company's second annual "Bring In Your Parents Day," at LinkedIn headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. LinkedIn reports quarterly financial results on Thursday, July 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

Updated: 6:40 p.m. Thursday, July 30, 2015

It hasn't been a good week for social media companies, not even for the usually reliable professional networking service LinkedIn Corp. The company's second-quarter results announced Thursday beat Wall Street's expectations on all fronts, just as Facebook's did on Wednesday and Twitter's on Tuesday. But it's the signs behind the ...
Spring rebound for US economy sets stage for Fed rate hike
FILE - In this Nov. 29, 2013 file photo, shoppers walk through Cherry Creek Mall, in Denver. The U.S. economy grew more slowly over the past three years than the government had previously estimated, held back by more frugal consumers and steeper spending cuts by state and local governments, the Commerce Department said Thursday, July 30, 2015. Consumers spent just 1.7 percent more in 2013, down from its previous estimate of 2.4 percent. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)

Updated: 4:56 p.m. Thursday, July 30, 2015

The U.S. economy isn't moving at warp speed, but it looks like it will be strong enough to handle an expected interest rate increase later this year. Fueled by solid consumer spending, Thursday's report on the gross domestic product underscored the steady growth that is likely to bolster the Federal ...
Stocks open lower in US after some weaker company results
A woman walks by an electronic stock indicator of a securities firm in Tokyo, Thursday, July 30, 2015. Chinese stocks fell again Thursday while other major global markets rose after the U.S. Federal Reserve left interest rates unchanged at a record low. Japan's Nikkei 225 advanced 1.1 percent to 20,522.83. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

Updated: 9:41 a.m. Thursday, July 30, 2015

Stocks are opening lower as investors respond to some disappointing results from U.S. companies. Procter & Gamble slid almost 3 percent in early trading Thursday after reporting that its sales fell for the sixth straight quarter. Facebook declined 2 percent after reporting late Wednesday that its expenses soared 82 percent, ...
Applications for US jobless aid rise to still-low 267,000
In this photo taken June 10, 2015, job seekers attend a job fair in Sunrise, Fla. The Labor Department releases weekly jobless claims on Thursday, July 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

Updated: 8:48 a.m. Thursday, July 30, 2015

More people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, though the increase was from a very low level and the figures still point to a healthy job market. Applications for jobless aid rose 12,000 to a seasonally adjusted 267,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. The four-week average, a less volatile figure ...
US economy likely rebounded to solid growth rate in spring
In this photo taken on Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015, a man welds parts in fans for industrial ventilation systems at the Robinson Fans Inc. plant in Harmony, Pa. The Commerce Department releases second-quarter gross domestic product on Thursday, July 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Updated: 6:52 a.m. Thursday, July 30, 2015

After a terrible winter, the economy is improving, with a solid rebound in the spring expected to be followed by stronger growth in the second half of the year. That's the view of many economists who think a steadily improving job market will give households more income to spend and ...
Asian stocks mixed after Fed leaves rates unchanged
Trader James Denaro, center, works with specialist Michael O'Connor, right, at the post that handles Yelp, on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Wednesday, July 29, 2015. Yelp plunged 28 percent after sinking to a loss and cutting its outlook. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Updated: 12:52 a.m. Thursday, July 30, 2015

Chinese stocks held steady Thursday following this week's turbulence while other Asian markets were mixed after the U.S. Federal Reserve left interest rates unchanged at a record low. KEEPING SCORE: The Shanghai Composite Index was little changed at 3,787.49 and Hong Kong's Hang Seng was off by just 0.1 percent ...
Fed holds steady on rates, seeks further economic gains
A television screen on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange shows the decision of the Federal Reserve, Wednesday, July 29, 2015. The Federal Reserve appears on track to raise interest rates later this year but is signaling that it wants to see further economic gains and higher inflation before doing so. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Updated: 4:25 p.m. Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The Federal Reserve appears on track to raise interest rates later this year but signaled Wednesday that it wants to see further economic gains and higher inflation before doing so. A statement from the Fed after its latest policy meeting provided no timetable. Many analysts foresee the first hike in ...
Better economy has smokers buying more Marlboros
In this photo taken July 17, 2015, store manager Stephanie Hunt poses for photos with a pack of Marlboro cigarettes, an Altria brand, at a Smoker Friendly shop in Pittsburgh. Altria reports quarterly financial results on Wednesday, July 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Updated: 12:26 p.m. Wednesday, July 29, 2015

A better economy is helping sell more Marlboros and Camels, even as prices climb. That brought higher profits for their makers in the second quarter. Marlboro maker Altria Inc. has now seen two straight quarters of upticks in cigarettes sold. That is unusual at a time when tobacco companies have ...
US stocks edge higher in early trading; Goodyear gains
FILE - In this Monday, July 6, 2015, file photo, a man uses a mobile phone while walking by a building in the Financial District in New York. Global stock markets rose Wednesday, July 29, 2015, as Chinese shares rebounded after a record sell-off and attention turned to a Federal Reserve meeting that might give clues about the timing of a U.S. interest rate hike. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Updated: 9:42 a.m. Wednesday, July 29, 2015

U.S. stocks are opening slightly higher as Goodyear and other companies report strong results. Health care stocks were among the biggest winners Wednesday. Gilead Sciences climbed 5 percent after reporting a surge in sales. The drug maker raised its full-year sales forecast for the second time. Twitter sank 10 percent ...
Survey: German consumers remain optimistic
German Economy Minister and Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel raises his arms as he chairs the weekly cabinet meeting at the chancellery in Berlin, Wednesday, July 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Ferdinand Ostrop)

Updated: 4:11 a.m. Wednesday, July 29, 2015

A closely-watched survey indicates German consumers remain optimistic but are showing signs of worry about the country's economic situation amid uncertainty about Greece's financial future. The GfK research group said Wednesday that its forward-looking consumer climate index remained unchanged at 10.1 points for August from July. But the survey of ...
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