BRUSSELS (AP) - European Union leaders are gathering again Friday after deciding that the political crisis in Britain over Brexit poses too great a threat to the world's biggest trading bloc. In a move that underlined their loss of confidence in British Prime Minister Theresa May, the leaders, set two deadlines for Britain to leave or to take an entirely new path in considering its EU future.
SINGAPORE (AP) - Asian markets were mixed on Friday as caution set in ahead of U.S.-China trade talks in Beijing next week. The Shanghai Composite index was 0.1 percent lower at 3,097.81 while the Kospi in South Korea rose 0.1 percent to 2,186.95. Australia's S&P ASX 200 gained 0.5 percent to 6,195.20. Hong Kong's Hang Seng lost 0.4 percent to 28,952.22. Shares rose in Taiwan and Thailand but fell in Indonesia.
Asian stocks mixed on doubts over US-China trade deal EU offers short Brexit delay but sets strict limits Trump blames Fed for holding back economic growth in 2018 Venezuela is key topic between Trump and Caribbean leaders US average mortgage rates fall; 30-year at 4.
NEW YORK (AP) - The Latest on Levi Strauss & Co.'s initial public offering (all times local): 11:10 a.m. Shares of Levi Strauss & Co. are soaring as the company goes public again. The stock opened at $22.22, up 31 percent from its offering price of $17, which was better than the expected range of $14 to $16. The broader stock markets were all up less than 1 percent. ___ 8:50 a.m.
Ford Motor Co. said its chief financial officer, Bob Shanks, will retire in December, capping a 42-year career at the automaker. The Dearborn, Michigan-based company on Thursday said that Tim Stone will succeed Shanks as chief financial officer. Stone will come to Ford in April and takes over as CFO on June 1. Stone, 52, joins Ford after serving as the CFO of Snap Inc. and a 20-year stint at Amazon.com Inc.