International trade

Stock traders wear New Year's 2020 party glasses at the New York Stock Exchange, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019. Stocks slipped globally in quiet New Year's Eve trading Tuesday with many markets closed. Wall Street could close 2019 with back-to-back daily losses in a year that the U.S. posted the largest market gains since 2013. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
December 31, 2019 - 5:12 pm
Wall Street closed the books Tuesday on a blockbuster 2019 for stock investors, with the broader market delivering its best returns in six years. The S&P 500 finished with a gain of 28.9% for the year, or a total return of 31.5%, including dividends. The Nasdaq composite rose 35.3%. For both...
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President Donald Trump gives a thumbs-up after arriving for Christmas Eve dinner at Mar-a-lago in Palm Beach, Fla., Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2019. Donald Trump Jr., the son of President Donald Trump, is pictured in foreground. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
December 31, 2019 - 9:36 am
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump says he will sign the first phase of a trade deal with China at the White House next month. Trump says Tuesday in a tweet that he'll then travel to Beijing at a later date to open talks on other sticking points in the U.S.-China trade relationship...
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A man looks at an electronic stock board of a securities firm in Tokyo, Monday, Dec. 30, 2019. Asian shares were mostly lower Monday as investors awaited updates on the signing of a trade deal between the U.S. and China and kept a wary eye on North Korea. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
December 30, 2019 - 2:49 am
TOKYO (AP) — Shares were mostly lower Monday in Europe and Asia, though Chinese benchmarks surged on expectations of lower financing costs following a policy decision by the central bank. Investors were awaiting updates on the signing of a trade deal between the U.S. and China and keeping a wary...
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Currency traders watch monitors at the foreign exchange dealing room of the KEB Hana Bank headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Dec. 27, 2019. Asian stocks followed Wall Street higher on Friday amid optimism U.S.-Chinese trade relations are improving. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
December 27, 2019 - 7:01 am
BEIJING (AP) — Global stock markets moved mostly higher on Friday amid optimism that U.S.-Chinese trade relations are improving and on early reports that online Christmas shopping was up over last year in the U.S. European markets rose in midday trading and Wall Street was primed for more gains...
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Currency traders watch monitors at the foreign exchange dealing room of the KEB Hana Bank headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Dec. 27, 2019. Asian stocks followed Wall Street higher on Friday amid optimism U.S.-Chinese trade relations are improving. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
December 27, 2019 - 2:42 am
BEIJING (AP) — Global stock markets were mixed Friday after Wall Street rose amid optimism that U.S.-Chinese trade relations are improving. Frankfurt, Paris and Hong Kong gained in early trading. London and Shanghai were unchanged and Tokyo declined. Investors welcomed U.S. President Donald Trump's...
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People hold placards protesting against a troop dispatch to Middle East outside the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo Friday, Dec. 27, 2019. Japan on Friday approved a contentious plan to send its naval troops to the Middle East to contribute to the peace and stability in the area and ensure the safety of Japanese ships transporting oil, a mission crucial to an energy-poor country that heavily depends on oil imports from the region. The placard at left reads: "Oppose a dispatch of Japan Self-Defense Forces to Middle East." (Hiroki Yamauchi/Kyodo News via AP)
December 27, 2019 - 12:59 am
TOKYO (AP) — Japan on Friday approved a contentious plan to send its naval troops to the Middle East to ensure the safety of Japanese ships transporting oil to the energy-poor country that heavily depends on imports from the region. The Cabinet's decision reflects tensions that have escalated...
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FILE - In this Nov. 14, 2019, file photo a pair of specialists work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Investments around the world were all winners in 2019 as central banks unleashed more stimulus to bolster the global economy against the damage created by President Donald Trump’s trade war. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
December 26, 2019 - 3:23 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — On January 3, the S&P 500 sank 2.5% when Apple warned of sagging demand for the iPhone, an inauspicious start to 2019 following a 14% drubbing in last year's fourth quarter. On January 4, Federal Reserve Chairman Jay Powell said the central bank would be "patient" with its...
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FILE - In this April 12, 2018, file photo, visitors walk by U.S. soybean companies' booths at the international soybean exhibition in Shanghai, China. President Donald Trump likes to joke that America's farmers have a nice problem on their hands: They're going to need bigger tractors to keep up with surging Chinese demand for their soybeans and other agricultural goods under a preliminary deal between the world's two largest economies. Yet skeptics are questioning how much China has committed to buy. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)
December 26, 2019 - 8:58 am
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — President Donald Trump likes to joke that America's farmers have a nice problem on their hands: They're going to need bigger tractors to keep up with surging Chinese demand for their soybeans and other agricultural goods under a preliminary deal between the world's two largest...
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Chinese investors monitor stock prices at a brokerage house in Bejiing, Thursday, Dec. 26, 2019. Shares are mostly higher in Asia with many world markets closed for Christmas holidays. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
December 26, 2019 - 2:33 am
TOKYO (AP) — Global markets edged higher on Thursday though trading was subdued after the Christmas holidays. Chinese markets surged after the government announced a relaxation of residency restrictions for small and medium cities that boosted property stocks. The Shanghai Composite index jumped 0...
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FILE - In this May 23, 2019, file photo, a farmer plants soybeans in a field in Springfield, Neb. China's imports of soybeans surged in November following the announcement of an interim trade deal with the United States. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)
December 26, 2019 - 1:10 am
BEIJING (AP) — China's imports of soybeans surged in November following the announcement of an interim trade deal with the United States. Imports rose 53.7% over a year earlier to 5.4 million tons, according to customs data. Imports of U.S. soybeans more than doubled from the previous month to 2.6...
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