Soft commodity markets

Investors monitor stock prices at a brokerage in Beijing Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020. Share prices are mixed in moderate trading in Asia after the U.S. and China signed a preliminary trade agreement that investors hope will bring better relations between the two biggest economies. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
January 16, 2020 - 6:03 am
BEIJING (AP) — China’s government welcomed an interim trade deal with Washington and said Thursday the two sides need to address each other’s “core concerns.” The “Phase 1” agreement shows Beijing and Washington “can find appropriate and effective solutions to relevant issues through dialogue,”...
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People shop for meat a supermarket in Handan in northern China's Hebei Province, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020. Soaring pork prices that nearly doubled in December over a year ago kept inflation at a seven-year high despite government efforts to ease meat shortages caused by a disease outbreak, official data showed Thursday. (Chinatopix via AP)
January 09, 2020 - 1:28 am
BEIJING (AP) — Soaring pork prices that nearly doubled in December over a year ago kept inflation at a seven-year high despite government efforts to ease meat shortages caused by a disease outbreak, official data showed Thursday. Surging inflation adds to challenges for communist leaders who are...
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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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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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A currency trader watches computer monitors near the screens showing the Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI), right, and the foreign exchange rate between U.S. dollar and South Korean won at the foreign exchange dealing room in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019. Asian stock markets have fallen as investors look ahead to interest rate decisions by U.S. and European central bankers and possible American tariff hike on Chinese imports. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
December 10, 2019 - 3:27 am
BEIJING (AP) — Global stock markets fell Tuesday as investors looked ahead to a U.S. tariff deadline on Chinese imports and American and European interest rate decisions. Markets also were watching for the outcome of Britain's snap election Thursday amid uncertainty over plans to leave the European...
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FILE - In this Nov. 15, 2019, file photo specialist Meric Greenbaum, left, and trader Fred DeMarco work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EST on Friday, Dec. 6. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
December 08, 2019 - 8:50 pm
TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were mostly higher Monday cheered by a buying mood on Wall Street that came at the end of last week. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 edged up 0.3% in early trading to 23,414.51, while Australia's S&P/ASX 200 added 0.2% to 6,722.90. South Korea's Kospi edged up 0.3% to 2,...
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Trader Michale Milano, left, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019. Stocks are opening slightly lower on Wall Street led by a decline in technology companies. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
November 14, 2019 - 2:44 pm
Major stock indexes were little changed on Wall Street late Thursday afternoon after a day of mostly listless trading kept the market hovering near its latest all-time high. The indexes wavered between small gains and losses as investors sized up mixed earnings reports from Walmart, Cisco Systems...
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An anti-government demonstrator screams in font of a burning barricade in Santiago, Chile, Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019. Protests in the country have spilled over into a fifth day, even after President Sebastian Pinera cancelled the subway fare hike that prompted rioting, arson and violent clashes that have almost paralyzed the country. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
October 24, 2019 - 1:15 am
Chile is one of the richest countries in the region. Haiti is the poorest. Ecuador has a centrist government. Bolivia's is socialist. Yet, from Port-au-Prince to Santiago, furious demonstrators were marching this week to demand fundamental change, part of a wave of often-violent protests that has...
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This Oct. 15, 2019 photo shows corn fields in Lyons, S.D., which contain areas of water-logged soil preventing harvest. (Erin Bormett/The Argus Leader via AP)
October 17, 2019 - 3:53 pm
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Many farmers in the Midwest and South whose planting this year was interrupted by wet weather are getting a reprieve, though a few Northern states have seen harvest prospects go from bad to worse. Minnesota and the Dakotas have seen snow and rain in recent weeks that have...
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