International trade

In this Sept. 3, 2019, photo a sign rests in front of a newly constructed home, in Westwood, Mass. On Thursday, Sept. 12, Freddie Mac reports on this week’s average U.S. mortgage rates. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
September 12, 2019 - 11:28 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. long-term mortgage rates rose this week but remained at historically low levels. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday the rate on the 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage increased to 3.56% from 3.49% last week. Average rates on the benchmark loan have remained below 3.6% for...
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A man walks past an electronic stock board showing Japan's Nikkei 225 index at a securities firm in Tokyo Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019. Asian shares were mixed Thursday after China moved to ease trade tensions. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
September 12, 2019 - 6:11 am
BANGKOK (AP) — World stock markets rose cautiously Thursday as investors awaited the European Central Bank's decision on how much stimulus it will provide the economy. Sentiment also was brightened by hopes that China and the U.S. are moving to ease trade tensions. Germany's DAX edged 0.2% higher...
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September 12, 2019 - 5:30 am
BEIJING (AP) — China's government says its importers are inquiring about prices for American soybeans and pork in a possible goodwill gesture ahead of talks aimed at ending a tariff war with Washington. Thursday's statement came after President Donald Trump announced he would postpone a planned Oct...
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September 11, 2019 - 8:17 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says the United States has agreed to a two-week delay in a planned increase in tariffs on some Chinese imports. Trump said on Twitter on Wednesday that the delay is "a gesture of good will." He says Chinese Vice Premier Liu He requested the delay "due to the...
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Chinese investors monitor stock prices at a brokerage house in Beijing, Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019. Asian shares were mostly higher Wednesday, cheered by a rise on Wall Street amid some signs of easing tensions between the U.S. and China on trade issues. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
September 11, 2019 - 6:06 am
TOKYO (AP) — Global shares were mostly higher Wednesday amid some signs of easing tensions between the United States and China on trade issues. Investors seemed to be cheered by China's move to exempt American industrial grease and some other imports from tariff hikes in a trade war with Washington...
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FILE - In this April 12, 2018, file photo, packets of raw soybeans are placed on a table at a U.S. soybean company's booth at the international soybean exhibition in Shanghai, China. China has announced some U.S. industrial chemicals will be exempt from tariff hikes imposed in a trade war with Washington but maintained penalties on soybeans, pork and other farm goods. The Ministry of Finance's announcement Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019 came ahead of October talks aimed at ending the fight over trade and technology that threatens global economic growth. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)
September 11, 2019 - 2:47 am
BEIJING (AP) — China announced Wednesday it will exempt American industrial grease and some other imports from tariff hikes in a trade war with Washington but kept in place higher duties on soybeans and other major U.S. exports ahead of negotiations next month. The move adds to suggestions both...
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FILE- In this April 24, 2018, file photo replicas of Arturo Di Modica's "Charging Bull" are for sale on a street vendor's table outside the New York Stock Exchange. U.S. stocks moved broadly lower in morning trading Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019 as investors again back away from technology companies. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
September 10, 2019 - 10:20 pm
TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were mostly higher Wednesday, cheered by a rise on Wall Street amid some signs of easing tensions between the U.S. and China on trade issues. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 rose 0.6% to 21,514.14 in morning trading. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 inched up 0.1% to 6,622.60...
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Incoming European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announces Ireland's Phil Hogan as candidate for EU Trade Commissioner during a media conference at EU headquarters in Brussels, Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019. Incoming European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on Tuesday unveiled her team of candidates for the EU commission. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
September 10, 2019 - 6:28 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — The incoming president of the European Union's powerful executive arm on Tuesday nominated Irishman Phil Hogan to lead future EU trade talks, which could put him in charge of negotiations with Britain after Brexit. "I think the trade commissioner, who will have to deal with the...
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FILE - In this May 15, 2019, file photo, founder of Alibaba group Jack Ma arrives for the Tech for Good summit in Paris. Ma is stepping down as chairman at a time when its industry faces rapid change and uncertainty amid a U.S.-Chinese trade war. Ma gave up his post on his 55th birthday as part of a succession announced a year earlier. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File)
September 10, 2019 - 1:10 am
BEIJING (AP) — Alibaba Group founder Jack Ma, who helped launch China's online retailing boom, stepped down as chairman of the world's biggest e-commerce company Tuesday at a time when its fast-changing industry faces uncertainty amid a U.S.-Chinese tariff war. Ma, one of China's wealthiest and...
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This Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019 photo provided by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers shows a boat lock on the Bonneville Dam on the Columbia River that connects Oregon and Washington at Cascade Locks., Ore. A critical lock has shut down for repairs, meaning barges that shuttle millions of tons of wheat, wood and other inland goods to the Pacific Ocean for transport to Asia can't move. An official said Monday, Sept. 9, 2019 that a crack in the Bonneville Dam lock's concrete sill was discovered late last week. It's not clear when repairs will be complete. (Megan Innes/U.S. Army Corps of Engineers via AP)
September 09, 2019 - 2:43 pm
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A critical navigation lock at the mighty Bonneville Dam on the Pacific Northwest's Columbia River has shut down for repairs because of cracked concrete, meaning huge barges that transport millions of tons of wheat, wood and other goods from the inland Pacific Northwest to the...
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