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U.S. housing starts at 13-year high, factory output gains

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. homebuilding surged to a 13-year high in December as activity increased across the board, suggesting the housing market recovery was back on track amid low mortgage rates, and could help support the longest economic expansion on record. FILE PHOTO: A new apartment building housing construction site......
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U.S. housing starts at 13-year high in December; permits ease

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. homebuilding surged to a 13-year high in December as activity increased across the board, suggesting the housing market recovery was back on track amid low mortgage rates, and could help support the longest economic expansion on record. FILE PHOTO: A new apartment building housing construction site......
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U.S. Senate passes new North American trade deal

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FILE PHOTO: Flags of the U.S., Canada and Mexico fly next to each other in Detroit, Michigan, U.S. August 29, 2018. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate on Thursday approved a revamp of the 26-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement that includes tougher rules on labor and automotive......
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China, U.S. sign initial trade pact but doubts and tariffs linger

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BEIJING/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – China will boost purchases of U.S. goods and services by $200 billion over two years in exchange for the rolling back of some tariffs under an initial trade deal signed by the world’s two largest economies, defusing an 18-month row that has hit global growth. Key world......
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Chinese financial institutions can cope with foreign competition: central bank

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FILE PHOTO: A Chinese national flag flutters outside the headquarters of the People’s Bank of China, the Chinese central bank, in Beijing, China April 3, 2014. REUTERS/Petar Kujundzic BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese financial institutions are completely capable of coping with foreign competition as the sector is freed up, the central......
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With a mixture of fanfare and grievance, Trump signs U.S.-China trade deal

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – He listed familiar grievances, praised and criticized his guests, and seemed to blow off some steam. Chinese Vice Premier Liu He (L) reaches out to U.S. President Donald Trump (R) as he approaches the podium to speak during a signing ceremony for “phase one” of the U.S.-China......
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In U.S.-China Phase 1 trade deal, enforcement may end in ‘We quit’

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Trump administration is touting the U.S.-China Phase 1 trade deal’s dispute settlement and enforcement mechanism as the major difference between the 86-page agreement unveiled on Tuesday and past pledges by Beijing to change its trade practices. U.S. President Donald Trump stands Chinese Vice Premier Liu He......
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U.S. and China tiptoe around holes in new trade agreement

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States and China signed an initial trade deal on Wednesday that will roll back some tariffs and boost Chinese purchases of U.S. products, defusing an 18-month row between the world’s two largest economies but leaving a number of sore spots unresolved. Beijing and Washington touted......
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China’s ‘market condition’ caveat on U.S. ag purchases adds to trade deal doubts

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CHICAGO (Reuters) – China’s pledge to buy U.S. farm goods based on “market conditions” during the Phase 1 trade deal signing ceremony on Wednesday added to doubts among farmers and commodity traders over Beijing’s lingering tariffs on U.S. exports. FILE PHOTO: A bushel of soybeans are shown on display in......
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Trump urges Boeing to move fast on resolving 737 MAX issues

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday urged Boeing Co (BA.N) to move quickly to resolve issues with the grounded 737 MAX, noting the planemaker’s significant impact on the U.S. economy. U.S. President Donald Trump speaks prior to signing “phase one” of the U.S.-China trade agreement in the......
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U.S. and China tiptoe around holes in new trade agreement

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States and China signed an initial trade deal on Wednesday that will roll back some tariffs and boost Chinese purchases of U.S. products, defusing an 18-month row between the world’s two largest economies but leaving a number of sore spots unresolved. Beijing and Washington touted......
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Trump takes time in China deal signing to lament his Fed chair pick, again

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(Reuters) – A funny thing happened on the way to the U.S.-China trade deal signing: President Donald Trump may have tipped his next pick for head of the Federal Reserve — if he gets the chance. Among the dozen or so diversions Trump took in rambling introductory remarks before signing......
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Documents to show U.S.-China trade deal fully enforceable: Mnuchin

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Documents to be released Wednesday will show skeptics that a Phase 1 U.S.-China trade agreement will be fully enforceable, including a pledge by China to refrain from manipulating its currency, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Tuesday. FILE PHOTO: U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin speaks about sanctions......
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U.S. to maintain tariffs on Chinese goods until Phase 2 deal: Mnuchin

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States will maintain tariffs on Chinese goods until the completion of a second phase of a U.S.-China trade agreement, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Tuesday, a day before the two sides are to sign an interim deal. FILE PHOTO: U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve......

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