Leading economic indicators

FILE - In this Tuesday, July 7, 2020 file photo, pedestrians wearing protective masks during the coronavirus pandemic pass by the New York Stock Exchange in New York. Wall Street is starting August with more gains, and U.S. stocks are climbing in early Monday, Aug. 3, 2020 trading following encouraging reports from around the world on the economy. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)
August 03, 2020 - 11:57 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Wall Street is starting August with more gains, and stocks are climbing Monday following encouraging reports from around the world on the economy. The S&P 500 tacked 0.9% more onto its four-month winning streak, with Big Tech once again leading the way. The rally helped the...
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Sakai Harrison poses for a portrait after leading his clients through a rigorous workout on Wednesday, July 29, 2020, in Atlanta. Harrison moved to New York to try to make it as a personal trainer and designer - but his gym shuttered early in the pandemic, and after weeks of struggling to both pay the rent and put food in his fridge, he knew what he had to do. He moved back to Georgia for greater stability. (AP Photo/Ron Harris)
July 31, 2020 - 3:35 pm
Another month passes. The coronavirus pandemic marches on. And Americans struggling amid the economic fallout once again have to worry as their next rent checks come due Aug. 1. Many left jobless by the crisis are already behind on payments. And the arrival of August brings new anxieties. A...
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A stock trader, left, adjusts his mask as he enters the New York Stock Exchange, Thursday, July 30, 2020. Strong gains for Big Tech stocks are helping to prop up Wall Street in early Friday trading following blowout profit reports from some of the market’s most influential companies. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
July 31, 2020 - 2:21 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Big Tech continues to steamroll through the pandemic, and strong gains for some of the market’s most influential companies on Friday helped Wall Street close out its fourth straight winning month. The S&P 500 rose 24.90 points, or 0.8%, to 3,271.12 following blowout profit...
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif. smiles while speaking at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, July 31, 2020. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
July 31, 2020 - 11:42 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House and its GOP allies appear to be retreating from their opposition to a $600 per week supplemental unemployment benefit that has propped up both the economy and family budgets but is expiring Friday. President Donald Trump is plainly eager to extend the benefit,...
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FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2019, file photo a worker prepares a piece of Cat construction equipment made by Caterpillar to be lifted off a trailer at the Port of Tacoma in Tacoma, Wash. Caterpillar Inc. reports financial results Friday, Jan. 31, 2020. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
July 31, 2020 - 3:59 am
Caterpillar's sales tumbled 31% in the second quarter as dealers culled construction equipment from showrooms during the pandemic. Dealers decreased machine and engine inventories by about $1.4 billion during the three-month period, compared with an increase of about $500 million a year earlier...
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President Donald Trump, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows talk before Trump speaks with reporters on the South Lawn of the White House, Wednesday, July 29, 2020, in Washington. Trump is en route to Texas. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
July 30, 2020 - 8:49 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — With aid expiring, the White House offered a short-term extension Thursday of a $600 weekly unemployment benefit that has helped keep families and the economy afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic, but Democrats rejected it, saying President Donald Trump’s team failed to grasp the...
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A man lifts his arm as he walks by the New York Stock Exchange, Thursday, July 30, 2020. Stocks are falling on Wall Street Thursday after reports showed that layoffs are continuing at a stubborn pace and that the U.S. economy contracted at a nearly 33% annual rate in the spring. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
July 30, 2020 - 2:09 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Most of Wall Street stumbled Thursday, but yet another rise for big technology stocks helped keep the market’s losses in check. The S&P 500 dropped 12.22 points, or 0.4%, to 3,246.22, with nearly three out of four stocks in the index falling. Among the hardest-hit were oil...
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FILE - In this July 13, 2020 file photo, a For Rent sign hangs on a closed shop during the coronavirus pandemic in Miami Beach, Fla. Having endured what was surely a record-shattering slump last quarter, the U.S. economy faces a dim outlook as a resurgent coronavirus intensifies doubts about the likelihood of any sustained recovery the rest of the year. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
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July 30, 2020 - 7:38 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — A grim picture emerged Thursday of a U.S. economy that has endured a record-shattering plunge last quarter and is now struggling to rebound as the coronavirus keeps forcing more layoffs. The economy shrank at a dizzying 32.9% annual rate in the April-June quarter, when the viral...
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FILE - In this July 22, 2020, file photo, motorists take part in a caravan protest in front of Senator John Kennedy's office at the Hale Boggs Federal Building asking for the extension of the $600 in unemployment benefits to people out of work because of the coronavirus in New Orleans, La. A Republican proposal to slash the $600 weekly benefit boost for those left jobless because of the coronavirus shutdown could result in weeks or even months of delayed payments in some states. (Max Becherer/The Advocate via AP)
July 30, 2020 - 5:43 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 1.4 million laid-off Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, further evidence of the devastation the coronavirus outbreak has unleashed on the U.S. economy. The continuing wave of job cuts is occurring against the backdrop of a spike in virus cases that...
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Currency trader watch computer monitors near the screen showing the Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) at the foreign exchange dealing room in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, July 30, 2020. Asian stocks advanced Thursday after the U.S. Federal Reserve left interest rates near zero to support a struggling economy. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
July 29, 2020 - 8:49 pm
BEIJING (AP) — Asian stocks advanced Thursday after the U.S. Federal Reserve left interest rates near zero to support a struggling economy. Benchmarks in Shanghai, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Seoul all gained. Lower interest rates and investor optimism about a possible coronavirus vaccine have helped...
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