• In this Thursday, July 21, 2016, file photo, European Central Bank President Mario Draghi speaks during a news conference in Frankfurt, Germany, after a meeting of the governing council. The Federal Reserve, the European Central Bank and the Bank of Japan have pumped trillions of dollars into global financial markets and taken the radical step of pushing interest rates below zero in Europe and Japan. But the results have been lackluster. (AP Photo/Michael Probst, File)

    Bold moves, tepid gains: Have central banks met their limit?

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The world’s key central banks have worked themselves into contortions to try to rev up economic growth, raise inflation and coax consumers and businesses to borrow and spend more.

    Updated: 4:30 am

  • This July 16, 2013, file photo, shows a Wall Street street sign outside the New York Stock Exchange. Stocks are opening slightly lower on Wall Street early Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016, as the market gives back a modest gain from the day before. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

    Stocks edge lower as mining and materials companies slip

    NEW YORK (AP) — Shares wavered in thin but volatile trading in Asia on Thursday, following a bleak day on Wall Street led by declines in health-care stocks as outrage mounts over steep price hikes for Mylan’s EpiPens. Investors are awaiting a speech by Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen’s on Friday.

  • In this Oct. 8, 2014, file photo, a Wall Street address is carved in the side of a building in New York. European stock markets rose on solid economic data Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016, while investors in Asia largely stayed on the sidelines ahead of a widely anticipated speech by the Fed chief. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

    Markets rise following upbeat European business report

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Asian stocks meandered Wednesday as investors awaited fresh cues from Federal Reserve on the outlook for interest rates. Markets were steady following the submarine launch of a ballistic missile by North Korea.

  • In this Friday, Nov. 13, 2015, file photo, the American flag flies above the Wall Street entrance to the New York Stock Exchange. Stocks were moving mostly lower in early trading Monday, Aug. 22, 2016, as investors looked ahead to the Fed’s meeting in Jackson Hole, Wyo., for clues on timing for possible interest rate hikes. A drop in oil prices pulled energy companies lower, along with the broader market. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

    Stocks fall in early trading as oil prices decline

    HONG KONG (AP) — Most stock markets in Asia moved sideways on Tuesday as the summer doldrums and a lack of economic data ahead of a widely anticipated speech by the Fed chief kept investors on the sidelines.

  • In this Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, file photo, a worker leaves a Georgia Department of Labor career center, in Atlanta. On Friday, Aug. 17, 2016, the Labor Department reports on state unemployment rates for July. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

    Hiring was healthy in past year in many US swing states

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Hiring has been strong in the past year in many presidential campaign swing states, a possible hurdle for GOP candidate Donald Trump, who has sought to capitalize on economic distress.

  • This July 9, 2015 photo shows a Wall Street sign near the New York Stock Exchange in New York.  World stock markets turned lower on Friday, Aug. 19, 2016 as investors speculated whether the U.S. Federal Reserve will raise interest rates in coming months. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

    US stocks skid as market heads lower for the week

    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks took small losses Friday to end a quiet week of trading. Energy companies fell as a rally in oil prices faded and investors continue to sell the safe assets they favored earlier this year. Technology and materials companies made small gains.

  • In this Monday, May 9, 2016, file photo, specialist Meric Greenbaum works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Even as the market set record highs in July, investors remained skeptical of stocks and pulled out nearly as much money from stock funds as they deposited. Bond and gold funds, meanwhile, are hot.  (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

    Stocks keep going up, and investors keep saying no thanks

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks keep reaching new heights, and investors keep giving them the side eye.

  • This July 15, 2013, file photo, shows the New York Stock Exchange. Stocks are little changed early Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016, as the market remains in the doldrums. Energy companies are rising as the price of oil continues a recent recovery and phone companies and health care stocks are trading lower. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

    US stocks wobble as energy companies rise, health care dips

    HONG KONG (AP) — Most Asian stock benchmarks drifted lower Friday as investors hunkered down to mull resurgent oil prices and corporate earnings while awaiting a key speech by the Fed chief next week.

  • In this Friday, Nov. 13, 2015, file photo, the American flag flies above the Wall Street entrance to the New York Stock Exchange. U.S. stocks slipped early Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016, as investors continued to sell phone company and utility stocks. Materials companies are the exception, as they’re trading higher as the dollar weakens. Investors are also sifting through reports that showed inflation remained weak in July, but home building and factory production improved. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

    US stocks earnings hit retailers like Target and Lowe’s

    BEIJING (AP) — Asian stocks rose Wednesday after Wall Street edged higher on news the U.S. Federal Reserve is in no hurry to raise interest rates. Japan’s benchmark fell after the country reported declines in both exports and imports in July.

  • In this Friday, Nov. 13, 2015, file photo, the American flag flies above the Wall Street entrance to the New York Stock Exchange. U.S. stocks slipped early Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016, as investors continued to sell phone company and utility stocks. Materials companies are the exception, as they’re trading higher as the dollar weakens. Investors are also sifting through reports that showed inflation remained weak in July, but home building and factory production improved. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

    US stocks dip as phone stocks fall; earnings hit retailers

    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are trading lower Wednesday morning as losses for phone and utility companies continue to drag the market from its recent record highs. Retailers including Target and Lowe’s are skidding after disappointing earnings. The Federal Reserve will release minutes from its July meeting in the afternoon.