Asian shares mostly higher on optimism despite pandemic

Asian shares mostly higher on optimism despite pandemic

TOKYO – Asian shares were mostly higher Monday as bullish sentiment persisted despite continuing signs of economic damage from the pandemic. Traders continued to be cheered by prospects that the incoming administration of President-elect Joe Biden will pump more aid into the U.S. economy, a move that will…
California virus deaths rocket higher as ICU space tightens

California virus deaths rocket higher as ICU space tightens

LOS ANGELES – California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s administration and the state’s hospital association are at odds over how best to create space for critically ill coronavirus patients at already strained medical facilities that soon could be overwhelmed by the expected surge of new cases from holiday gatherings. A…
US stocks tick higher in quiet pre-Christmas trading

US stocks tick higher in quiet pre-Christmas trading

U.S. stock indexes are closing modestly higher on Thursday after drifting through an abbreviated session. The S&P 500 rose 0.4% before trading shut on Wall Street for the Christmas holiday, trimming its small loss for the week. Markets will reopen on Monday. The majority of stocks in the…
World shares trend higher ahead of talks on Brexit, stimulus

World shares trend higher ahead of talks on Brexit, stimulus

Shares advanced in world markets on Monday as investors watched for developments in Britain’s trade talks with the European Union and on a new round of aid for American businesses and workers. The EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier said Monday he believes a Brexit trade agreement is possible…
Asian stocks higher after Wall Street falls on virus worries

Asian stocks higher after Wall Street falls on virus worries

BEIJING – Asian stock markets were mostly higher Wednesday after Wall Street declined as hopes for a possible coronavirus vaccine were tempered by worries about the pandemic’s lingering impact. Shanghai, Hong Kong and Seoul advanced while Tokyo declined. Traders have been encouraged by announcements about possible progress toward…
Bexar County Judge says he will shut down bars again if COVID-19 rate climbs higher

Bexar County Judge says he will shut down bars again if COVID-19 rate climbs higher

SAN ANTONIO – The COVID-19 Community Response Coalition (CRC) on Tuesday offered Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff recommendations for bars if the community positivity rate is equal to or exceeds 10% for two consecutive weeks. Bexar County officials said Wolff will follow the coalition’s recommendations. San Antonio Mayor…