• This Oct. 4, 2014, file photo, shows the facade of the New York Stock Exchange. Stock markets around the world edged higher Thursday, May 26, 2016, as traders interpreted the rise in oil prices to $50 a barrel for the first time this year as a positive sign for the global economy. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

    US stocks edge higher, led by consumer companies and banks

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks rose Friday to wrap up their strongest week in almost three months. Banks gained ground after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said the central bank intends to keep raising interest rates provided the economy continues to improve.

  • This Oct. 4, 2014, file photo, shows the facade of the New York Stock Exchange. Stock markets around the world edged higher Thursday, May 26, 2016, as traders interpreted the rise in oil prices to $50 a barrel for the first time this year as a positive sign for the global economy. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

    US stocks barely budge as banks slip after two-day surge

    HONG KONG (AP) — Asian stock markets were mostly higher Friday as investors maintained a cautiously optimistic outlook while they waited for U.S. economic data and remarks by the Fed chief.

  • This Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014, file photo, shows a Wall Street sign adjacent to the New York Stock Exchange. U.S. stocks are continuing to climb early Wednesday, May 25, 2016, and energy companies are leading the way as the price of oil continues to climb. A deal between Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Computer Sciences is sending both companies higher. European stocks are rising after a deal to get Greece more rescue loans. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

    US stocks climb for the second day as oil prices rise

    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks climbed Wednesday as investors continued to recover some confidence in the health of the global economy. That sent oil prices higher and gave energy companies a boost, while materials companies also climbed higher.

  • Trader Gregory Rowe, center, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Tuesday, May 24, 2016. Stocks are opening solidly higher on Wall Street, led by gains in technology stocks and banks. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

    US stocks jump as rising interest rates help banks higher

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Asian stock markets rallied Wednesday as solid U.S. housing sales data and overnight gains on Wall Street raised expectations for a strong recovery in the world’s largest economy.

  • This Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014, file photo shows the Wall Street entrance of the New York Stock Exchange. Stocks were little changed in early trading Monday, May 23, 2016, as investors sat on the sidelines waiting to see where the Federal Reserve might move interest rates the following month. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

    Stocks little changed as investors wait for Fed

    TOKYO (AP) — Asian stock markets were down slightly in subdued trading Tuesday amid anticipation the U.S. Federal Reserve may raise interest rates in June.

  • People walk by an electronic stock board of a securities firm in Tokyo, Monday, May 23, 2016. Japanese stocks fell and other Asian markets were higher Monday after a global finance meeting failed to produce an economic growth plan and Tokyo reported weaker exports. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

    Asian stocks rise after G7 meet; Tokyo falls on weak trade

    LONDON (AP) — Stock markets were choppy Monday after a meeting of the developed world’s central bankers and finance ministers failed to yield fresh ideas for spurring economic growth.