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  • "There are two prices that matter for Australia right now, those for homes and those for commodities, said Paul Bloxham, chief economist for Australia at HSBC. The alarm is shared by Australia as over 35 percent of its exports go to China, giving it an annual trade surplus worth around A $50 billion with the Asian giant.

  • New EU trade chief seeks reset in US trade talks Monday, 29 Sep 2014 | 9:34 AM ET

    BRUSSELS— Acknowledging strong public skepticism in Europe over free trade talks with the U.S., the European Union's incoming trade chief on Monday called for a "fresh start" and more transparency in the negotiations.

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 8:09 a.m. EDT Monday, 29 Sep 2014 | 8:09 AM ET

    Canada's Encana buying Athlon Energy for $5.93 B, gets strong position in Permian Basin Survey: Average bank fees for overdrafts, use of out-of-network ATMs surge from a year ago At start of busy week on the economic news front, markets edge down amid protests in Hong Kong Lenovo looks to boost growth after acquisition of IBM low-end server business DreamWorks surges in premarket trading on reports of talks with SoftBank Dave& Buster's plans initial public offering of about 5.9 million shares US consumer spending expected to rebound in August, helped by stronger auto sales Pilots' union at Lufthansa calls for more strikes this week in ongoing labor dispute Lloyds dismisses 8 staff members in scandal linked to Libor interest rate; bonuses forfeited US trade secretary, business execs meet Poland's leaders to intensify trade relations

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 8 a.m. EDT Monday, 29 Sep 2014 | 7:56 AM ET

    Survey: Average bank fees for overdrafts, use of out-of-network ATMs surge from a year ago Global stocks mixed as Hong Kong protests, weak Chinese data dampen US rally Lenovo looks to boost growth after acquisition of IBM low-end server business DreamWorks surges in premarket trading on reports of talks with SoftBank Dave& Buster's plans initial public offering of about 5.9 million shares US consumer spending expected to rebound in August, helped by stronger auto sales Pilots' union at Lufthansa calls for more strikes this week in ongoing labor dispute Lloyds dismisses 8 staff members in scandal linked to Libor interest rate; bonuses forfeited US trade secretary, business execs meet Poland's leaders to intensify trade relations New Zealand dollar sinks after central bank intervenes in effort to cool currency

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 7:36 a.m. EDT Monday, 29 Sep 2014 | 7:36 AM ET

    Survey: Average bank fees for overdrafts, use of out-of-network ATMs surge from a year ago Global stocks mixed as Hong Kong protests, weak Chinese data dampen US rally Lenovo looks to boost growth after acquisition of IBM low-end server business Dave& Buster's plans initial public offering of about 5.9 million shares US consumer spending expected to rebound in August, helped by stronger auto sales Pilots' union at Lufthansa calls for more strikes this week in ongoing labor dispute Lloyds dismisses 8 staff members in scandal linked to Libor interest rate; bonuses forfeited US trade secretary, business execs meet Poland's leaders to intensify trade relations New Zealand dollar sinks after central bank intervenes in effort to cool currency Air France pilots union ends strike that has grounded flights worldwide for 14 days

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 7:17 a.m. EDT Monday, 29 Sep 2014 | 7:17 AM ET

    Global stocks mixed as Hong Kong protests, weak Chinese data dampen US rally Lenovo looks to boost growth after acquisition of IBM low-end server business Dave& Buster's plans initial public offering of about 5.9 million shares US consumer spending expected to rebound in August, helped by stronger auto sales Pilots' union at Lufthansa calls for more strikes this week in ongoing labor dispute Lloyds dismisses 8 staff members in scandal linked to Libor interest rate; bonuses forfeited US trade secretary, business execs meet Poland's leaders to intensify trade relations New Zealand dollar sinks after central bank intervenes in effort to cool currency Air France pilots union ends strike that has grounded flights worldwide for 14 days Goodyear sees ash from rice husks as an opportunity to make tire tread production greener

  • *Commerce Ministry sees 2014 exports up 0.5-1.0 pct, not 3.5 pct. BANGKOK, Sept 29- Thai exports unexpectedly fell the most in August since flooding in late 2011 paralyzed the economy, putting pressure on the military government to speed up stimulus measures.

  • Russia warns Ukraine, EU over free-trade pact Monday, 29 Sep 2014 | 5:40 AM ET

    MOSCOW, Sept 29- Russia issued a new warning on Monday that it would retaliate if the European Union or Ukraine push ahead with moves to implement a free-trade agreement. Russia says its economy would be hurt by the free trade deal because it would allow Ukraine to export cheaper European goods to Russia, undercutting local products.

  • US trade secretary seeks more business with Poland Monday, 29 Sep 2014 | 5:08 AM ET

    WARSAW, Poland— Even as the U.S. and European Union seek a major free trade deal, Poland and the U.S. should intensify their commercial ties in areas ranging from construction to energy security, U.S.

  • *Customs-cleared exports -7.4 pct y/y in Aug, poll saw -3.6 pct. BANGKOK, Sept 29- Thai exports in August fell by the biggest percentage since bad flooding in late 2011, confirming that a key engine of the country's economy is not firing.

  • BRUSSELS, Sept 29- The European Union's likely next trade chief will face tough questions about how she would handle free trade negotiations with the United States when confirmation hearings for the new European Commission open on Monday.

  • Candidate for top EU post stumbles into trade minefield Saturday, 27 Sep 2014 | 12:53 PM ET

    BRUSSELS, Sept 27- The European Union's trade commissioner-designate stumbled into a political minefield on Saturday by suggesting she wanted to exclude a controversial investor protection clause from a planned EU-U.S. trade agreement.

  • Sept 26- U.S. wheat exports should not be hurt by the second discovery of experimental Monsanto Co. genetically modified wheat growing in a U.S. state where it was not approved, industry leaders said on Friday, because the wheat is not believed to be in commercial channels.

  • U.S.-Japan trade talks hit new farm exports snag Friday, 26 Sep 2014 | 4:16 PM ET

    WASHINGTON/ TOKYO, Sept 26- U.S.- Japan trade talks hit a rough patch this week with both sides blaming the other for a stalemate over farm exports, a major hurdle in concluding an ambitious 12- nation trade pact.

  • EU-Canada trade deal has been finalized Friday, 26 Sep 2014 | 2:34 PM ET

    OTTAWA, Ontario— A major trade agreement with Canada has the backing of all 28 EU countries after last minute opposition from Germany had threatened to scuttle the deal, European Union leaders said Friday.

  • OTTAWA, Sept 26- The European Union and Canada on Friday dismissed threats by a top German politician to block a free trade deal the two sides wrapped up in August after five years of often difficult negotiations.

  • USDA: Genetically modified wheat found in Montana Friday, 26 Sep 2014 | 2:05 PM ET

    USDA said Friday that the incident is on a smaller scale than a similar finding in Oregon last year that prompted several Asian countries to temporarily ban U.S. wheat imports. The herbicide-resistant wheat was found on one to three acres in Montana, while the genetically engineered plants found in Oregon were spread over more than 100 acres.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 26- The U.S. economy grew at its fastest pace in 2-1/ 2 years in the second quarter with all sectors contributing to the jump in output in a bullish signal for the remainder of the year. "It increases our confidence that strong growth is obtainable in the second half of this year," said Chris Rupkey, chief financial economist at MUFG Union Bank in New York.

  • Modi in America: India's top man goes on tour Friday, 26 Sep 2014 | 10:23 AM ET
    India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi comes out of a meeting room to receive his Bhutanese counterpart, Tshering Tobgay, before the start of their bilateral meeting in New Delhi.

    The Indian prime minister is being welcomed by corporate executives, Indian Americans and, most importantly, Barack Obama.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 26- The U.S. economy grew at its fastest pace in 2-1/ 2 years in the second quarter with all sectors contributing to the jump in output in a bullish signal for the remainder of the year. The Commerce Department on Friday raised its estimate of gross domestic product to show the economy expanded at a 4.6 percent annual rate.