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  • *April trade surplus $454 mln, vs $120 mln forecast. JAKARTA, May 15- Indonesia posted a trade surplus for the fifth straight month in April, but that stemmed from imports tumbling more quickly from a year earlier than exports did, showing that the economy remained sluggish at the start of the second quarter. The Statistics Bureau did not give an April breakdown, but...

  • Senators forge path forward on Pacific trade pact Wednesday, 13 May 2015 | 4:13 PM ET
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) (L) talks with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).

    Senate alters voting procedure on trade deal to please both sides of the aisle.

  • Free trade and jobs: Greg Mankiw   Monday, 11 May 2015 | 8:31 AM ET
    Free trade and jobs: Greg Mankiw

    Greg Mankiw, Harvard economics professor, provides insight to the long-term benefits of an international trade agreement, and why education is key to opportunities.

  • BEIJING, May 8- China's exports unexpectedly fell 6.4 percent in April from a year earlier, while imports tumbled by a deeper-than-forecast 16.2 percent, fueling expectations that Beijing will quickly roll out more stimulus to avert a sharper economic slowdown. That left the country with a trade surplus of $34.13 billion for the month, the General...

  • BEIJING, May 8- China's exports fell 6.4 percent in April from a year earlier in dollar-denominated terms, missing market expectations, while imports tumbled 16.2 percent. That left the country with a trade surplus of $34.13 billion for the month, the General Administration of Customs said on Friday. Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang was quoted by Xinhua state news...

  • China exports, imports fall sharply in April Thursday, 7 May 2015 | 10:07 PM ET

    China's exports and imports tumbled in April, dashing hopes of a seasonal rebound and underscoring concerns over the spotty trade picture in the world's second biggest economy.

  • OTTAWA, May 6- A record Canadian trade deficit in March caused by plunging oil prices has masked an encouraging trend- strength in non-energy exports that the central bank is counting on to revive economic growth. The pickup is benefiting companies like Guelph, Ontario- based Linamar Corp, which expects double-digit sales growth this year and is expanding its...

  • *Copper looks overbought, correction seen at $6,500- 6,600- Triland. MELBOURNE, May 6- London copper slipped on Wednesday from nearly 5- month highs hit the session before after weak U.S. data revived concern about global economic growth, although expectations of policy support in China and the United States cushioned losses. A widening U.S. trade deficit may help...

  • *Copper looks overbought, correction seen at $6,400- 6,500- Triland. MELBOURNE, May 6- London copper slipped on Wednesday from 5-1/ 2- month highs hit the session before after weak U.S. data revived concern about global economic growth, although expectations of policy support in China and the United States cushioned losses. A widening U.S. trade deficit may help...

  • SYDNEY, May 6- The dollar nursed broad losses early on Wednesday, having come under renewed pressure after disappointing U.S. trade data for March painted an even bleaker economic picture of the first quarter. Data on Tuesday showed U.S. trade deficit jumped 43.1 percent to $51.4 billion in March, the largest since October 2008, thanks to a surge in imports.

  • May 5- U.S. stocks fell further in afternoon trading on Tuesday after the U.S. trade deficit surged in March, suggesting that the economy contracted in the first quarter. The $51.4 billion deficit was the highest in nearly 6-1/ 2 years and larger than the $45.2 billion the government assumed in its snapshot of first-quarter gross domestic product last week.

  • *Trade deficit widens to $51.4 billion in March. A lot of the headwinds we saw in the first quarter have unwound, "said Jacob Oubina, senior U.S. economist at RBC Capital Markets in New York. The Commerce Department said the trade deficit jumped 43.1 percent to $51.4 billion in March, the largest since October 2008.

  • OTTAWA, May 5- Canada's trade deficit jumped to a record high C $3.02 billion in March from February as imports surged and weak crude prices helped curb exports, Statistics Canada data showed on Tuesday. Statscan revised February's deficit sharply higher to C $2.22 billion from an initial C $984 million, citing a sharp downward revision in energy exports.

  • May 5- U.S. stocks opened lower on Tuesday after two sessions of gains as trade deficit rose in March, pointing to a contraction in economic growth in the first quarter.

  • The U.S. trade deficit surged to its highest level in nearly 6-1/ 2 years in March and the $51.4 billion trade gap was far larger than the $45.2 billion deficit the government assumed in its snapshot of first-quarter gross domestic product last week. A now-settled labor dispute at West Coast ports had significantly slowed trade at the start of the year.

  • *Trade deficit widens to $51.4 billion in March. WASHINGTON, May 5- The U.S. trade deficit surged to its highest level in nearly 6-1/ 2 years in March as imports rebounded strongly after being held down by a labor dispute at key West Coast ports, suggesting the economy contracted in the first quarter. The Commerce Department said on Tuesday the deficit on the trade...

  • OTTAWA, May 5- Canada's trade deficit jumped to a record high C $3.02 billion in March from February as imports surged and weak crude prices helped curb exports, Statistics Canada data indicated on Tuesday. Exports to the United States, which accounted for 74.0 percent of Canada's global total in March, fell by 1.7 percent, while imports dropped 0.9 percent.

  • WASHINGTON, May 5- The U.S. trade deficit surged to its highest level in nearly 6-1/ 2 years in March as imports rebounded strongly after being held down by a labor dispute at key West Coast ports, suggesting growth contracted in the first quarter. The Commerce Department said on Tuesday the deficit on the trade balance jumped 43.1 percent to $51.4 billion, the...

  • Brazil posts trade surplus of $491 mln for April Monday, 4 May 2015 | 2:08 PM ET

    BRASILIA, May 4- Brazil had a trade surplus of $491 million in April, government data showed on Monday, above market estimates for a surplus of $150 million. The country posted a trade surplus of $460 million in March. Despite the two consecutive monthly surpluses, Brazil's trade balance remains in the red so far this year with a deficit of $5.066 billion due to a drop...