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GENEVA, April 11- The United States and China have both appealed against recent rulings in disputes at the World Trade Organization, filings published by the WTO showed on Friday.
NEW DELHI, April 11- Gold and silver imports into India, the world's second-biggest buyer of the metal, dropped 40 percent to $33.46 billion in 2013/ 14, a trade ministry source said on Friday, following a series of restrictions imposed by the federal government to curtail the current account deficit.
SYDNEY, April 11- London nickel reached its highest in 13 months on Friday and was on track to log its ninth weekly gain in 10 weeks, as a ban on ore exports from Indonesia fuelled prices of the metal used in stainless steel. China's stainless steel makers and traders stocked up on nickel ore exports from Indonesia ahead of the ban that came into force in January.
*Big differences remain in U.S.- Japan trade talks- farm minister. *U.S.- Japan deal vital for broader regional pact. The United States wants Japan to open its rice, beef and pork, dairy and sugar sectors- politically powerful sectors that Abe has vowed to defend.
SYDNEY, April 11- London nickel held near a more than one-year top on Friday and was on track to log its ninth weekly gain in 10 weeks, as a ban on ore exports from Indonesia fuelled prices of the metal used in stainless steel. China's stainless steel makers and traders stocked up on nickel ore exports from Indonesia ahead of the ban that came into force in January.
LAUNCESTON, Australia, April 11- The problem with China's crude oil trade data so far this year is that the same set of numbers can tell different and seemingly contradictory stories.
SYDNEY, April 11- London nickel eased back from one year highs on Friday but was set to log its ninth weekly gain in 10 weeks, as a ban on ore exports from Indonesia fuelled rising prices for the stainless steel material.
WASHINGTON, April 10- The United States could give Europe and Ukraine relief from energy dependence on Russia within months if it overturned the 40- year ban on most U.S. crude oil exports, the head of energy company Hess Corp. said on Thursday. He estimated that Europe and Ukraine could get relief from volatile oil prices in 90 days if the ban was overturned.
BOSTON, April 10- Fidelity Investments said on Thursday it is exploring the creation of a new trading venue with other asset managers, as U.S. regulators investigate the controversial practice of high-frequency trading.
TOKYO, April 10- Big gaps remain between the United States and Japan after two days of talks on a bilateral trade deal that is vital for a broader regional pact, negotiators on both sides said on Thursday. Japan and the United States are seeking a two-way trade deal, regarded as a cornerstone of the U.S.-led Trans-Pacific Partnership, before U.S.
*China copper imports jump 10.8 pct y/y in March. LONDON, April 10- Nickel prices touched their highest in more than a year on Thursday as speculators continued to buy up futures on concerns about shortages following a ban on ore exports from Indonesia.
WASHINGTON, April 10- The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell sharply last week to the lowest level in almost seven years, which could bolster views of an acceleration in job growth after a cold winter dampened hiring.
WASHINGTON, April 10- U.S. import prices rose more than expected in March as food prices recorded their largest increase in three years, but there was little sign of a broader pickup in imported inflation. The Labor Department said on Thursday import prices increased 0.6 percent last month after an unrevised 0.9 percent rise in February.
*Copper, iron ore see double-digit month-on-month growth in March. SHANGHAI, April 10- China's imports of iron ore and copper soared in March from the previous month in anticipation of higher seasonal demand in the world's top metals consumer, though crude oil shipments dropped after three months of high inbound volumes.
*China copper imports jump 10.8 pct y/y in March. LONDON, April 10- Nickel prices rose to their highest level in more than a year on Thursday on concerns about shortages following a ban on ore exports from Indonesia.
TAIPEI, Taiwan— Students ended their unprecedented, 24- day occupation of Taiwan's Parliament late Thursday after receiving assurances that a Chinese trade pact they see as imperiling the island's autonomy would undergo legislative review.
TOKYO, April 10- Big gaps remain between the United States and Japan after two days of top-level talks on a bilateral trade deal that is vital for a broader regional pact, negotiators on both sides said on Thursday. Japan and the United States are seeking a two-way trade deal, regarded as a key part of the U.S.-led Trans-Pacific Partnership, before U.S.
*Premier Li says no problem if growth a little below target. BOAO/ BEIJING, April 10- Chinese Premier Li Keqiang ruled out major stimulus to fight short-term dips in growth, even as big falls in imports and exports data reinforced forecasts that the world's second-largest economy has slowed notably at the start of 2014..
SHANGHAI, April 10- China's yuan slipped on Thursday after exports declined for a second consecutive month in March, but some economists partly blamed intense yuan speculation last year for artificially inflating trade figures then and distorting comparisons now.
By early afternoon in Europe, benchmark crude for May delivery was down 24 cents to $103.36 in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. On Wednesday, the Nymex contract gained $1.04 to settle at $103.60 amid unrest in eastern Ukraine after adding more than $2 the day before.