Leading Economic Indicators
WASHINGTON | Brutal winter weather snarled traffic, canceled flights and cut power to homes and factories in February. Yet it didn't faze U.S. employers, who added 175,000 jobs, far more than the two previous months.
Specialist Frank Babino, left, and trader Michael Smyth work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Friday, March 7, 2014. Stocks were wavering between small gains and losses early Friday after the government reported a pickup in hiring last month as well as a slight increase in the une…
Traders George Ettinger, left, and Robert Oswald work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Friday, March 7, 2014. Stocks were wavering between small gains and losses early Friday after the government reported a pickup in hiring last month as well as a slight increase in the unemployme…
NEW YORK | One positive report on the economy was not enough to make investors more confident.
Glenn Kessler, left, works with fellow traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Friday. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
In this Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, photo, job seekers line up to sign in before meeting prospective employers at a career fair at a hotel in Dallas.
WASHINGTON | U.S. employers stepped up hiring in February despite a blast of harsh winter weather, renewing hopes that the economy could accelerate this year.
FILE - In this Monday, March 3, 2014, file photo, specialist Gregg Maloney works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Shares rose ahead of a monthly policy meeting of the European Central Bank on Thursday March 6, 2014 as easing tensions in the Ukraine kept markets stable after their…
NEW YORK | Investors were looking for any reason to look past the cold weather that has hampered the U.S. economy in the last few weeks, and they found it.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits dropped 26,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 323,000, the lowest level in three months as layoffs remain at pre-recession levels.
In this Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, photo, recruiter Valera Kulow, left, speaks with job seeker Monic Spencer during a career fair in Dallas. The Labor Department releases weekly jobless claims on Thursday, March 5, 2014. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)
WASHINGTON | The Federal Reserve's super-low interest-rate policies have inflated a slew of dangerous asset bubbles. Or so critics say.
Twitter signage is draped on the facade of the New York Stock Exchange, Thursday in New York.
WASHINGTON | U.S. employers are sending a message of confidence in the economy — hiring more workers, raising pay and making the job market appear strong enough for the Federal Reserve to slow its bond purchases as early as September.
Serena Williams celebrates with the trophy after defeating Agnieszka Radwanska to win the women's final match Saturday at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships at Wimbledon, England.
NEW YORK | Job growth in the United States is slowing. Sales at stores have stopped growing. The economies of India, Brazil and China are cooling. Europe is crippled by government debt and bad bank loans.
The stock market just had its best first quarter in 14 years. The surge has sent Wall Street analysts, some of whose forecasts seemed too sunny three months ago, scrambling to raise their estimates for the year.
It's the latest display of the breadth and strength of the economic recovery. The country has put together the most impressive three months of job growth since before the Great Recession.
Big, round numbers are hard to ignore. That's why we pay attention when the odometer clicks over to 100,000 miles, and why the world threw a party at the dawn of 2000 instead of the technical start of the millennium in 2001.
The Phantom of Las Vegas is singing his final opera.
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