• This Oct. 2, 2014, file photo shows the facade of the New York Stock Exchange. Stock markets around the world are ending the week on a flat note after the Bank of Japan disappointed investors Friday, July 29, 2016, with a smaller than anticipated stimulus. However, the yen surged following Friday's decision. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

    Stocks fall after Bank of Japan’s stimulus plans disappoint

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks ended slightly higher on Friday, helped by better-than-expected quarterly results from Google’s parent Alphabet and retailer Amazon and a modest recovery in oil prices.

    Updated: 2:42 pm

  • In this Thursday, May 19, 2016, photo, passers-by walk near the construction site a high-rise building in Boston. On Friday, July 29, 2016, the Commerce Department issues the first estimate of how the U.S. economy performed in the April-June quarter. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    US GDP grows a weak 1.2 percent in second quarter

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A surprisingly lackluster economy last quarter served as a reminder of how choppy the pace of growth has been since the Great Recession ended seven years ago. Businesses pared their stockpiling and investment through the spring. But consumers — the heart of the U.S. economy — kept spending.

    Updated: 2:17 pm

  • In this Wednesday, June 22, 2016, file photo, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, before the House Financial Services Committee hearing on U.S. monetary policy. The Federal Reserve releases its latest monetary policy statement Wednesday, July 27, after wrapping up a two-day meeting. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

    Fed keeps key interest rate steady but sees fewer risks

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve said Wednesday that near-term risks to the U.S. economy have diminished, reviving the prospect that it will resume raising interest rates as soon as September.

  • Specialists Dilip Patel, left, and Glenn Carell work at a post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Wednesday, July 27, 2016. The Federal Reserve is keeping interest rates unchanged while noting that near-term risks to the economy have diminished. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

    US stock indexes slip; Apple jumps on strong earnings

    HONG KONG (AP) — Asian stock markets were mostly lower Thursday as investors digested an upbeat Fed assessment of the U.S. economy that raised the prospect of further rate hikes as they anticipate more stimulus from Japan.

  • In this Wednesday, June 22, 2016, file photo, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, before the House Financial Services Committee hearing on U.S. monetary policy. The Federal Reserve releases its latest monetary policy statement Wednesday, July 27, after wrapping up a two-day meeting. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

    As Fed ends meeting, few expect much clarity on next hike

    WASHINGTON (AP) — With consumers spending and employers hiring more freely, the U.S. economy has fared better of late. But when the Federal Reserve ends its latest policy meeting Wednesday, most analysts think it will signal that it wants to see further gains before raising interest rates again.

  • People cross a street in front of an electronic stock indicator of a securities firm in Tokyo, Tuesday, July 26, 2016. Chinese stocks gained Tuesday but other Asian markets fell after Wall Street declined on losses for energy stocks. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

    Stocks slightly higher as investors monitor company earnings

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Asian stocks were mixed on Wednesday ahead of the Federal Reserve’s policy statement, as strong U.S. economic data raised questions over the likely course for interest rates.

  • New Mexico’s June unemployment rate unchanged at 6.2 percent

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained a 6.2 percent in June, unchanged from May and down from 6.6 percent a year earlier.

  • Greg Rowe, left, and Vincent Napolitano, bottom, with Livermore Trading Group, monitor stock prices at the New York Stock Exchange, Friday, July 22, 2016. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

    US stock indexes inch higher in another listless day

    NEW YORK (AP) — Another day, another lazy drift higher for stocks and another record high.

  • People walk past an electronic stock indicator of a securities firm in Tokyo, Thursday, July 21, 2016. Asian shares were higher Thursday as Japan's benchmark rose on hopes of Japanese government stimulus spending and better-than-expected earnings lifted Wall Street. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

    Asian shares down as central banks wait and see

    LONDON (AP) — Stock markets turned higher on Friday after surveys suggested the eurozone economy is proving resilient to the uncertainty surrounding Britain’s Brexit vote. A big drop in business activity in the U.K. raised expectations of more central bank stimulus there.