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  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 8:33 p.m. EDT Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 8:33 PM ET

    Fed signals it plans to keep key interest rate at record low for' considerable' period US Federal Reserve policymakers considering a slightly faster rate rise in 2015 Japan's trade deficit narrows to $8.8 billion as both imports, exports weaken Federal Reserve balance sheet could return to normal at end of decade, Yellen says Dow closes at record high after the Federal Reserve decides to keep record-low rates intact Confidence among US homebuilders surges to nearly 9- year high on stronger sales outlook US consumer prices fall 0.2 percent in August, first drop in 16 months, as energy costs dip INSIDE WASHINGTON: Only 4 states will see food stamp cuts after states thwart reductions 5 things small business owners need to be on top of include health care, Internet security FedEx 1 Q profit, sales top expectations; company will hire 50,000 seasonal workers

  • Japan logs trade deficit for 26th month in a row Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 8:32 PM ET

    TOKYO— Japan logged a 948.5 billion yen trade deficit in August, the 26th straight month of red ink, as slack demand from China and the U.S. stymied exports, the Finance Ministry said Thursday. Japan posted a 971.4 billion yen deficit in August 2013.

  • Japan Aug exports fall 1.3 pct year/year - MOF Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 7:56 PM ET

    TOKYO, Sept 18- Japan's exports fell 1.3 percent in August from a year earlier, government data showed on Thursday, in a worrying sign that external demand is weakening. The trade balance came to a deficit of 948.5 billion yen, versus the median estimate of a 1.03 trillion yen deficit.

  • US to press India on trade row during Modi's visit Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 7:20 PM ET
    Narendra Modi, India's prime minister.

    The United States said it will press India's new prime minister to end his blockage of a global trade pact when he visits Washington this month.

  • Weak-yen boost won't be instantaneous: StanChart     Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 6:51 PM ET

    Ahead of the release of August trade data, Steve Brice, Chief Investment Strategist at Standard Chartered, discusses why Japanese manufacturers aren't benefiting from a weaker yen.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 17- The United States said on Wednesday it will press India's new prime minister to end his blockage of a global trade pact when he visits Washington this month, something that could dampen the mood of a trip aimed at revitalizing strategic ties.

  • US current account deficit dips to $98.5 billion Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 8:38 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The U.S. current account trade deficit narrowed slightly in the April-June quarter, reflecting gains in exports of oil and civilian aircraft and a bigger surplus in Americans' overseas investment earnings.

  • WASHINGTON— US current account trade deficit narrows to $98.5 billion in second quarter, down 3.5 percent.

  • Trade, investment hopes as China's Xi visits India Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 2:26 AM ET

    AHMEDABAD, India— Chinese President Xi Jinping landed in the Indian prime minister's home state of Gujarat on Wednesday for a three-day visit expected to focus on India's need to improve worn out infrastructure and reduce its trade deficit.

  • LAUNCESTON, Australia, Sept 17- Who to believe? In theory, the Chinese ban from the start of 2015 on coal imports above certain ash and sulphur contents appears to favour Indonesia, the world's biggest shipper of thermal coal, over Australia, the world's top exporter of metallurgical coal and number two for thermal coal.

  • China, Sri Lanka to launch FTA talks as Xi visits Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 12:47 PM ET

    COLOMBO, Sept 16- Chinese President Xi Jinping began a visit to Sri Lanka on Tuesday agreeing to open bilateral negotiations for a free trade pact as Beijing tightened its embrace of the island nation along a vital shipping route.

  • RUSSIAN CENTRAL BANK SEES CURRENT ACCOUNT SURPLUS AROUND 2 PCT OF GDP IN 2014, FALLING TO 1 PCT IN 2015-2017- DOCUMENT.

  • *Slowdown in China imports would drag on global soybean prices. *China demand for soyoil, soymeal hurt by tepid economic growth. "The first half of the year was the worst on record for the industry," said a Singapore- based senior official at an international trading company, which owns soybean processing facilities in China.

  • SHANGHAI, Sept 16- China will ban the import and local sale of coal with high ash and sulphur content starting from 2015 in a bid to tackle air pollution, with tough requirements in major coastal cities set to hit Australian miners.

  • BEIJING, Sept 16- Chinese exports may not be able to sustain high growth in the months to come although the country's trade situation is stabilising, trade ministry spokesman Shen Danyang said on Tuesday.

  • SHANGHAI, Sept 15- China will ban the import and local sale of coal with high ash and sulfur content starting from 2015 in a bid to tackle air pollution, with tough requirements in major coastal cities set to hit Australian miners.

  • Can Xi's visit fix Sino-Indian trade?     Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 6:37 PM ET

    Sarah Tong, Senior Research Fellow, East Asian Institute at the National University of Singapore, discusses Chinese President Xi's visit to India and explains what it means for bilateral trade.

  • Market leaders Nucor Corp, Commercial Metals Co and Gerdau Long Steel North America sold rebar cheaply to their in-house operations marketing to contractors for big projects, they said. "Nucor and Gerdau are the price leaders and undersold other U.S. producers and each other," said Jay Campbell, of White& Case, a representative for the Mexican producers.

  • SHANGHAI, Sept 15- China will ban the import and local sale of coal with high ash and sulphur content starting from 2015 in a bid to tackle air pollution, with tough requirements in major coastal cities set to hit Australian miners the hardest.

  • Dangerous waters: Meet the new face of piracy Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 6:15 AM ET
    Indonesian pirates push a boat out of a mangrove swamp where they hide before planning pirate attacks and ambushes on the Strait of Malacca.

    Piracy is exploding in the world’s most heavily trafficked commercial waterway, and organized crime is the force behind it.