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Asian Stocks up After US Inflation Fuels Rate Hike Fears | Business News
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Asian Stocks up After US Inflation Fuels Rate Hike Fears | Business News

By JOE McDONALD, AP Business WriterBEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets rose Thursday after higher U.S. inflation stoked expectations of more rate hikes that investors worry will chill economic growth.Shanghai, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Sydney advanced. Wall Street futures edged lower. Oil prices advanced.Wall Street's benchmark S&P 500 index lost 0.4% on Wednesday after data showed U.S. consumer inflation accelerated to 9.1% in June over a year earlier from May's 8.6%. That was despite three rate hikes this year by the Federal Reserve.Investors worry aggressive action by the Fed and other central banks to cool inflation that is at four-decade highs might derail global growth.Political Cartoons“Growth fears are hitting the markets harder than inflation concerns,” said Stephen Innes of SPI Ass...
Add Rent to the Rising Costs Bedeviling Small Businesses | Business News
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Add Rent to the Rising Costs Bedeviling Small Businesses | Business News

By MAE ANDERSON, AP Business WriterNEW YORK (AP) — The rent has come due for America’s small businesses and at a very inopportune time.Landlords were lenient about rent payments during the first two years of the pandemic. Now, many are asking for back rent, and some are raising the current rent as well. Meanwhile, most of the government aid programs that helped small businesses get through the pandemic have ended while inflation has sharply pushed up the cost of supplies, shipping, and labor.Martin Garcia, owner of gift and décor store Gramercy Gift Gallery in San Antonio, Texas, survived the first part of the pandemic in part by paying his landlord whatever rent he could each month. Then in August 2021, after the federal moratorium on evictions ended, his landlord asked for the full amoun...
Biden Launches Indo-Pacific Trade Deal, Warns Over Inflation | Business News
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Biden Launches Indo-Pacific Trade Deal, Warns Over Inflation | Business News

By JOSH BOAK and AAMER MADHANI, Associated PressTOKYO (AP) — President Joe Biden on Monday launched a new trade deal with 12 Indo-Pacific nations aimed at strengthening their economies as he warned Americans worried about high inflation that it was “going to be a haul” before they feel relief. The president said he does not believe an economic recession is inevitable in the U.S.Biden, speaking at a news conference after holding talks with Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, acknowledged the U.S. economy has “problems” but said they were "less consequential than the rest of the world has.”He added: “This is going to be a haul. This is going to take some time," even as he rejected the idea a recession in the U.S. was inevitable.The comments came just before Biden's launch of the Indo-Pacif...
Europe’s Push to Cut Russian Gas Faces a Race Against Winter | Business News
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Europe’s Push to Cut Russian Gas Faces a Race Against Winter | Business News

While Europeans bask in the warmth of spring, governments are in a race against winter.Europe is trying to cut use of Russian natural gas because of the war in Ukraine, but still find enough fuel to keep the lights on and homes warm before it gets cold again.That has sent officials and utilities racing to fill underground storage with scarce supplies of natural gas from other producers — competition that further raises already high prices as utility bills and business costs soar. Italy has announced new supplies from Algeria, while Germany has outlined an energy partnership with Qatar, a major supplier of liquefied gas that arrives by ship.While those deals offer a long-term boost, they likely will have little impact on the crucial winter supplies that will be decided in the next several m...
Asian Shares Bounce Back, Shrugging off Inflation Concerns | Business News
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Asian Shares Bounce Back, Shrugging off Inflation Concerns | Business News

By ELAINE KURTENBACH, AP Business WriterAsian shares bounced back Friday from losses earlier in the week, shrugging off data showing U.S. wholesale prices soared 11% in April from a year earlier.The regional rally followed a mixed and muted close on Wall Street. Oil prices and U.S. futures also were higher.Investors are puzzling over what’s next with inflation and the U.S. central bank’s response to it. Trading has been volatile, with indexes prone to sharp swings as investors try to shield their portfolios from the impact of the highest inflation in decades.Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell, fresh off winning Senate confirmation for a second four-year term, for the first time Thursday acknowledged that high inflation and weakness in other economies could thwart his efforts to avoid a re...
Senate Confirms Powell for 2nd Term as Fed Fights Inflation | Business News
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Senate Confirms Powell for 2nd Term as Fed Fights Inflation | Business News

By CHRISTOPHER RUGABER, AP Economics WriterWASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Thursday confirmed Jerome Powell for a second four-year term as Federal Reserve chair, giving bipartisan backing to Powell's high-stakes efforts to curb the highest inflation in four decades.The 80-19 vote reflected broad support in Congress for the Fed's drive to combat surging prices through a series of sharp interest rate hikes that could extend well into next year. The Fed's goal is to slow borrowing and spending enough to ease the inflation pressures.Since February, when his first term expired, Powell had been leading the central bank in a temporary capacity.He faces a difficult and risky task in trying to quell inflation without weakening the economy so much as to cause a recession. The job market remains robu...
Stocks Stagger Higher After Mixed Report on April Inflation | Business News
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Stocks Stagger Higher After Mixed Report on April Inflation | Business News

By STAN CHOE, AP Business WriterNEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are stumbling mostly higher on Wall Street Wednesday after inflation slowed last month but still came in worse than feared.The S&P 500 was 0.4% higher after waffling between gains and losses in early trading. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 315 points, or 1%, at 32,480, as of 11:49 a.m. Eastern time, and the Nasdaq composite was 0.5% lower as tech stocks again lagged the market.Wall Street has been transfixed on the nation's high inflation, and where it's heading, because it's causing the Federal Reserve to yank the supports it propped under markets for most of the pandemic. The Fed has flipped aggressively toward raising interest rates after seeing high inflation last longer than it expected.Wednesday’s report from the U.S...
Asian Shares Mostly Fall as Rate Hikes, China Slowdown Loom | Business News
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Asian Shares Mostly Fall as Rate Hikes, China Slowdown Loom | Business News

By YURI KAGEYAMA, AP Business WriterTOKYO (AP) — Shares fell in most Asian markets on Monday as interest rate hikes and a slowing Chinese economy weighed on investor sentiment.Oil prices were higher and U.S. futures fell following sharp declines on Wall Street last week.Benchmarks declined across the region. Jakarta’s benchmark fell 4%.Market players were awaiting Chinese trade data for April for an indication on how severely restrictions to curb the spread of COVID-19 infections have hurt the economy.Political Cartoons“The global investment community is slowly waking up to the idea we have touted for a long time: That there is a post-COVID-recovery-euphoria ‘hangover,’ coupled with associated inflation and now a European war and fresh inflation impetus as well as the world’s biggest port ...
US Added 428,000 Jobs in April Despite Surging Inflation | Political News
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US Added 428,000 Jobs in April Despite Surging Inflation | Political News

By PAUL WISEMAN, AP Economics WriterWASHINGTON (AP) — America’s employers added 428,000 jobs in April, extending a streak of solid hiring that has defied punishing inflation, chronic supply shortages, the Russian war against Ukraine and much higher borrowing costs.Friday’s jobs report from the Labor Department showed that last month’s hiring kept the unemployment rate at 3.6%, just above the lowest level in a half-century.The economy’s hiring gains have been strikingly consistent in the face of the worst inflation in four decades. Employers have added at least 400,000 jobs for 12 straight months.At the same time, the April job growth, along with steady wage gains, will help fuel consumer spending and likely keep the Federal Reserve on track to raise borrowing rates sharply to fight inflati...
Europeans Weigh Costs of Cutting Russian Energy Over Ukraine | Business News
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Europeans Weigh Costs of Cutting Russian Energy Over Ukraine | Business News

By COLLEEN BARRY, VESELIN TOSHKOV and JUSTIN SPIKE, Associated PressMILAN (AP) — Across Europe, rising energy prices are testing the resolve of ordinary consumers and business owners who are caught between the continent’s dependence on cheap Russian energy and its revulsion over President Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine.Governments are trying to replace energy supplies from Russia, mindful that their regular payments are funding a war that has seen thousands of civilian deaths and widespread destruction. They also face a nerve-wracking showdown with Moscow over its demands for payments in rubles, and the possibility that Russia will block supplies, as it did to Bulgaria and Poland last week.European Union countries import 40% of gas and 25% of oil from Russia, and the current EU timet...