Financial markets

January 24, 2020 - 3:50 pm
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Fitch ratings agency on Friday raised Greece's credit rating by one notch to BB with a positive outlook, implying that a further upgrade could come in the future. The country emerged from a ten-year financial crisis in 2018, and its credit is still rated between two and four...
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A man burn joss sticks as he prays at the Wong Tai Sin Temple, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, in Hong Kong, to celebrate the Lunar New Year which marks the Year of the Rat in the Chinese zodiac. China is expanding its lockdown against the deadly new virus to an unprecedented 36 million people and rushing to build a prefabricated, 1,000-bed hospital for victims as the outbreak cast a pall over Lunar New Year, the country’s biggest and most festive holiday. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)
January 24, 2020 - 2:48 pm
China’s worst health crisis in years has sparked fear and uncertainty for businesses from North America to Asia that depend on trade in the affected region. Experts say it’s too soon to know how disruptive the crisis will prove. But it’s already having an impact. McDonald’s has shuttered...
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FILE - In this Jan. 9, 2020, file photo specialist Brian Giannettino works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EST on Friday, Jan. 24. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
January 24, 2020 - 2:03 pm
Health care companies led a broad slide in U.S. stocks Friday as increased fears over the spread of a deadly outbreak of coronavirus rattled markets. The S&P 500 had its worst day since early October and snapped a two-week winning streak. The sell-off followed news that a Chicago woman has...
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FILE - In this Jan. 15, 2020, file photo specialist Peter Mazza works at his post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EST on Thursday, Jan. 23. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
January 23, 2020 - 9:07 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks fell on Wall Street in midday trading Thursday as investors worried that a deadly virus outbreak in China could continue spreading and hurt the global economy. The slump for U.S. indexes follows a sell-off for global markets as authorities worldwide take measures to monitor...
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A currency trader watches monitors at the foreign exchange dealing room of the KEB Hana Bank headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. Asian shares are mostly higher as health authorities around the world move to monitor and contain a deadly virus outbreak in China and keep it from spreading globally. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
January 23, 2020 - 1:45 am
BANGKOK (AP) — World shares fell back Thursday as health authorities around the world rushed to monitor and contain a deadly virus outbreak in China and keep it from spreading globally. China and other nations have ramped up screenings for fever on aircraft and at airports. The central Chinese city...
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FILE - In this Jan. 15, 2020, file photo specialist Scott Vasilisin, right works with trader Michael Milano on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EST on Wednesday, Jan. 22. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
January 22, 2020 - 2:00 pm
Major U.S. stock indexes ended little changed Wednesday after an early rebound rally faded in the final minutes of trading. The S&P 500 and Nasdaq composite eked out tiny gains, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average finished slightly lower. Gains in technology, financial and health care stocks...
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Anti-government protesters throw stones at the riot police during ongoing protests in Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. Lebanon's new government has held its first meeting a day after it was formed following a three-month political vacuum. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)
January 22, 2020 - 11:04 am
BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's new government made of appointees nominated by the Shiite group Hezbollah and its allies got down to business Wednesday, a day after it was formed. Questions arose immediately about its ability to halt spiraling violence and economic and financial collapse. As the government...
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In this image from video, presiding officer Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts speaks during the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. (Senate Television via AP)
January 22, 2020 - 7:16 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Chief Justice John Roberts drew little attention to himself in the beginning 12 hours of his first impeachment trial. But it was just before 1 a.m., as tempers on the floor had started to wear thin, that he reminded senators, House impeachment managers and President Donald Trump's...
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Katerina Sakellaropoulou, head of the Council of State waits at her office in Athens on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. Greece's lawmakers elected their country's first female president Wednesday, with an overwhelming majority voting to give high court judge Katerina Sakellaropoulou the largely ceremonial post. (Orestis Panagiotou/Pool via AP)
January 22, 2020 - 5:46 am
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece’s lawmakers elected their country’s first female president Wednesday, with an overwhelming majority voting in favor of high court judge Katerina Sakellaropoulou. Speaking after being formally informed of the parliament vote, Sakellaropoulou said she would aim for the “...
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In this Tuesday, Jan. 21 photo, a malnourished lion rests in a zoo in Khartoum, Sudan. With the staff at the destitute Al-Qurashi Park, as the zoo in Khartoum is known, unable to feed and look after the animals, many have died off or were evacuated, leaving only three skeletal lions. (AP Photo)
January 22, 2020 - 5:06 am
KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — At an impoverished, forlorn zoo in Sudan’s capital, the park's few remaining lions are starving in rusted cages — their ribs protruding, eyes glassy and skin flaccid, desperate for food and water. The unsettling images, shared on social media by a local animal rights advocate...
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