• Trader George Ettinger, right, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Wednesday, May 18, 2016. U.S. stocks are falling in morning trading. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

    Stocks edge higher in early morning ahead of Fed minutes

    HONG KONG (AP) — Most Asian stock markets sank on Thursday after the Fed surprised investors by signaling that an interest rate hike is in the cards if economic conditions keep improving.

  • In this March 4, 2016, file photo, cranes move loads of materials at dusk at the Hudson Yards construction site in New York. Construction is rebounding across the United States, yet only 42 percent of adults describe the U.S. economy as good, according to a survey released Wednesday, May 18, 2016, by The Associated Press. But nearly two-thirds say their own households are faring well. That divide reflects a country sharply split by political affiliation and education level in the midst of an intensely negative presidential race. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)

    Poll: Americans more upbeat about own finances than economy

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans are of two minds about the economy in the midst of an election race that largely hinges on the issue. They are strikingly pessimistic about the national economy yet comparatively upbeat about their own financial circumstances.

  • In this March 4, 2016, file photo, cranes move loads of materials at dusk at the Hudson Yards construction site in New York. Construction is rebounding across the United States, yet only 42 percent of adults describe the U.S. economy as good, according to a survey released Wednesday, May 18, 2016, by The Associated Press. But nearly two-thirds say their own households are faring well. That divide reflects a country sharply split by political affiliation and education level in the midst of an intensely negative presidential race. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)

    Poll: Americans more upbeat about own finances than economy

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans are of two minds about the economy in the midst of an election race that largely hinges on the issue. They are strikingly pessimistic about the national economy yet comparatively upbeat about their own financial circumstances.

  • Trader Richard Newman, left, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Tuesday, May 17, 2016. Stocks are opening slightly lower on Wall Street as the market pulls back following a sizable gain the day before. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

    Stocks lower in morning after sizable gains the day before

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Asian shares were mostly lower on Wednesday after a dismal day on Wall Street. But shares in Tokyo were buoyed by better-than-expected GDP data.