International trade

In this July 22, 2019, trucks hauling shipping containers wait to unload at the Port of Oakland in Oakland, Calif. On Wednesday, Sept. 4, the Federal Reserve releases its latest ‘Beige Book’ survey of economic conditions. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
September 04, 2019 - 12:16 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve said Wednesday the U.S. economy is still growing steadily and most businesses are optimistic, even in the face of President Trump's trade wars. In The Fed's latest report on economic conditions nationwide, hiring increased modestly in most industries, though...
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September 04, 2019 - 11:25 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — A former top Federal Reserve official has sought to clarify inflammatory comments he made last week that suggested the Fed should consider taking steps that would undermine President Donald Trump's re-election prospects. William Dudley, former president of the Fed's New York...
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Incoming President of the European Central Bank Christine Lagarde speaks to the European Parliament's Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee in Brussels, Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
September 04, 2019 - 10:01 am
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Incoming European Central Bank head Christine Lagarde is defending the bank's record low rates and other stimulus measures as she prepares to take over with the economy facing trouble from trade wars and Brexit. During hearings in the European parliament Wednesday, Lagarde...
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In this July 24, 2019 photo, large cranes to unload container ships are shown at PortMiami in Miami. On Wednesday, Sept. 4, the Commerce Department reports on the U.S. trade gap for July. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
September 04, 2019 - 6:05 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. trade deficit declined in July, including the gap with China that has been the focus of President Donald Trump's tariffs. The Commerce Department said Wednesday that the gap between the goods and services the U.S. buys and what it sells abroad fell 2.7% to $54 billion in...
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FILE - In this June 12, 2019, file photo General Motors employees work on the chassis line as they build the frame, power train and suspension onto the truck's body at the Flint Assembly Plant in Flint, Mich. On Tuesday, Sept. 3, the Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers, issues its index of manufacturing activity for August. (Jake May/The Flint Journal via AP, File)
September 03, 2019 - 1:31 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S.-China trade war and slower global growth are weighing on the U.S. economy, reducing factory output in August for the first time in three years. A survey by the Institute for Supply Management, an association of purchasing managers, on Tuesday showed that factory...
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A woman looks at an electronic stock board of a securities firm in Tokyo, Monday, Sept. 2, 2019. Asian stock markets are mixed after Washington and Beijing stepped up their trade war with a new round of tariff hikes. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
September 02, 2019 - 8:52 am
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — European stock markets drifted higher Monday while Asia was mixed after the U.S. and China escalated their war over trade and technology with new tariff increases. U.S. markets were closed for the Labor Day holiday, draining some of the energy from global trading...
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With cloudy skies in Washington, President Donald Trump speaks to the media as he returns to the White House from Camp David, Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
September 01, 2019 - 8:35 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and China on Sunday put in place their latest tariff increases on each other's goods, potentially raising prices Americans pay for some clothes, shoes, sporting goods and other consumer items before the holiday shopping season. President Donald Trump said U.S.-...
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President Donald Trump pauses as he talks to media before boarding Maine One at the White House in Washington, Friday, Aug. 30, 2019, en route to Camp David in Maryland. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
August 31, 2019 - 6:49 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Expect a direct hit on many U.S. consumers from President Donald Trump's latest round of tariffs on Chinese imports. He had no intention of pulling back on import taxes set to kick in Sunday. "They're on. They're on," the president told reporters Friday before departing for a...
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FILE - In this Aug. 23, 2019, file photo trader Peter Mancuso works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EDT on Friday, Aug. 30. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
August 30, 2019 - 2:17 pm
Major U.S. stock indexes ended little changed Friday after a listless day of trading ahead of the Labor Day holiday weekend capped a solid week of gains for the market. A late-afternoon flurry of buying gave the S&P 500 its third straight gain. The benchmark index also snapped a string of four...
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FILE - In this Aug. 21, 2019, file photo trader Jeffrey Vazquez works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. On Thursday, Aug. 29, stocks are opening higher on Wall Street as investors hope that new talks set for September can result in progress in resolving the U.S.-China trade dispute. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
August 29, 2019 - 2:04 pm
Stocks finished with broad gains on Wall Street Thursday, driving the Dow Jones Industrial Average more than 300 points higher. The buying spree gave the market its second straight gain after a wobbly start to the week. The S&P 500 is now on track for its first weekly gain in five weeks. The...
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