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  • In a speech laying out his conditions for supporting trade deals, Republican Orrin Hatch said addressing currency concerns was key to winning lawmakers' support for a bill to fast-track trade agreements through Congress, and deals such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership. "The administration must engage much more effectively with Congress on this issue if...

  • California ports congestion 'worst-ever on record' Friday, 30 Jan 2015 | 2:45 PM ET
    A Maersk Line container ship is unloaded and refueled at the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro, Calif.

    Everyone agrees that the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports slowdown is bad, but it's hard to tell who's to blame.

  • Don't worry about Japan's household spending  Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 7:12 PM ET

    Lower oil prices are a tax cut for Japan so it will only be a matter of time before the benefits show up in Japan's economic data, says Joe Zidle, Portfolio Strategist at Richard Bernstein Advisors.

  • *Corn sags on technical selling; exports fail to impress. CHICAGO, Jan 29- Chicago Board of Trade wheat futures rose on Thursday, halting a six-session slide and rebounding from a three-month low after the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported larger-than-expected weekly export sales. Wheat rallied after the USDA reported U.S. export sales in the week ended...

  • China's new playground: America's backyard Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 3:35 PM ET
    Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro, right, walks with Chinese President Xi Jinping as they arrive to a welcoming ceremony at the Great Hall of the People on January 7, 2015 in Beijing, China.

    China is moving into the United States' backyard——but it's not clear if its Latin America investments are a negative for American interests.

  • *Corn sags on technical selling; exports fail to impress. CHICAGO, Jan 29- Chicago Board of Trade wheat futures rose on Thursday, halting a six-session slide and rebounding from a three-month low after the U.S. Agriculture Department reported larger-than-expected weekly export sales. Wheat bounced after the USDA reported U.S. export sales in the week ended Jan....

  • NEW YORK, Jan 29- Americans are more likely than ever to favor easing a ban on exporting crude oil, so long as it does not lead to higher gasoline prices that have recently sunk to near $2 a gallon, according to a new Reuters-IPSOS poll. U.S. retail gasoline prices have halved to near $2 a gallon, probably easing immediate anxiety over pump prices; a growing number of...

  • Backers see a changing landscape that includes a Congress controlled by Republicans generally viewed as more receptive to oil exports, and some signs the Obama administration will consider modifications to the longstanding policy that bans exports of raw crude. The ban is a relic of the 1970 s, after an OPEC oil embargo led to fuel rationing, high prices and...

  • BERLIN, Jan 29- German exports to Russia are likely to fall by as much as 15 percent this year, or 4 almost billion euros, after plummeting 20 percent in 2014, due to sanctions over the Ukraine stand-off and the weak rouble, said Germany's DIHK Chambers of Commerce.

  • German automakers lobby for US-EU trade deal Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 9:31 AM ET

    BERLIN— German automakers are throwing their support behind a new trade deal being negotiated between the European Union and the United States. Representatives from major car manufacturers like Daimler, BMW, Porsche and Volkswagen lobbied Wednesday for the deal at an event in Berlin. Organizer Matthias Wissmann, of the German Association of the Automobile...

  • Car industry heads lobby to drop tariffs between EU, US Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 9:03 AM ET

    BERLIN, Jan 28- The heads of German car companies including BMW, Daimler and Audi lobbied politicians on Wednesday to reach a trade deal that could see tariffs dropped between the United States and the European Union. BMW boss Norbert Reithofer said around 40 percent of all cars produced are sold in Europe and the United States. Carmakers waste resources...

  • Trade Representative says Congress should pass fast-track. *Senate committee chair warns no Pacific pact before fast-track. WASHINGTON, Jan 27- The top U.S. trade official told lawmakers on Tuesday an ambitious Pacific trade pact could be wrapped up within months as he urged Congress to back the administration's trade agenda.

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 27- The top U.S. trade official told lawmakers on Tuesday he hopes to wrap up an ambitious Pacific trade pact within months as he urged Congress to back the administration's trade agenda. Trade Representative Michael Froman said the administration looked to lawmakers to pass bipartisan legislation allowing a streamlined approval process...

  • Now it's heating up, as the administration tries to craft a new trade agreement with Japan and 10 other Pacific-rim countries. It lets Congress ratify or reject-- but not amend-- proposed trade pacts. Trade Representative Michael Froman-- got warmer receptions Tuesday from Republicans as he testified before key Senate and House committees.

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 27- The United States is continuing to close gaps with Japan over exports of autos and farm goods, U.S. In a written statement, Froman said the U.S. trade office aimed to successfully conclude a Trans-Pacific Partnership deal in 2015. A deadlock with Japan has been blamed for delays in reaching a deal. "We continue to work with Japan to address the...

  • WILL PUSH BACK AGAINST TRADING PARTNERS' EFFORTS TO USE GEOGRAPHICAL INDICATIONS TO LIMIT MARKET ACCESS FOR FARM GOODS.

  • TRADE REPRESENTATIVE SAYS CONTINUES TO WORK WITH JAPAN TO ADDRESS BARRIERS TO US AUTO EXPORTS.

  • TRADE REPRESENTATIVE SAYS AIMS TO SUCCESSFULLY CONCLUDE PACIFIC TRADE PACT IN 2015.

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 27- The top U.S. trade official urged Congress to back the administration's trade agenda on Tuesday and said an ambitious Pacific trade pact is nearing completion. Trade Representative Michael Froman said the administration was looking to lawmakers to pass bipartisan legislation allowing a streamlined approval process for trade deals,...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 27- The final form of an ambitious Pacific trade pact is coming into focus, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman said on Tuesday as he urged Congress get behind the U.S. trade agenda. In remarks prepared for delivery to key congressional committees, Froman said the administration was looking to lawmakers to pass bipartisan legislation...