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U.S., China sprint to seal deal ahead of Trump's deadline
Date/Time: Sat, 23 Feb 2019 19:58:04 -0500

U.S., China sprint to seal deal ahead of Trump's deadlineU.S. and Chinese negotiators met for over seven hours on Saturday to resolve their trade dispute and avoid an escalation of the tit-for-tat tariffs that have already disrupted global commerce, slowed the world economy and roiled financial markets. The two sides will meet again on Sunday morning as they race to seal an agreement before a March 1 deadline imposed by U.S. President Donald Trump, who has threatened to dramatically hike tariffs on Chinese goods unless there is a deal. The Chinese delegation is scheduled to leave for Beijing on Monday, according to a person familiar with their itinerary.



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China Coal Delays Not Unprecedented, Australia Minister Says
Date/Time: Sat, 23 Feb 2019 19:51:02 -0500

China Coal Delays Not Unprecedented, Australia Minister SaysProcessing times for Australian coal shipments have expanded to close to 40 days from about 25 days at some ports, he told Sky News’s Speers on Sunday program. The delays have raised concerns that the Chinese government could be reacting to Australia’s ban on Huawei Technologies Co., roiling coal markets and weighing on the Australian dollar.



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The Latest: Venezuelans demand aid at Brazil border
Date/Time: Sat, 23 Feb 2019 19:18:53 -0500

The Latest: Venezuelans demand aid at Brazil borderCUCUTA, Colombia (AP) — The Latest on the political crisis in Venezuela (all times local):



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Back Above $4k: Bitcoin’s Price Jumps to a Two-Month High
Date/Time: Sat, 23 Feb 2019 19:09:29 -0500

Back Above $4k: Bitcoin’s Price Jumps to a Two-Month HighBitcoin's price returned above $4,000 on Saturday for the first time in over a over eight weeks as the broader cryptocurrency market flashed green.



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Ethereum Slayers 2.0: Crypto’s Usual Suspects, or New Kids on the Blockchain?
Date/Time: Sat, 23 Feb 2019 19:00:29 -0500

Ethereum Slayers 2.0: Crypto’s Usual Suspects, or New Kids on the Blockchain?Whenever a new blockchain platform launched between 2017 and 2018, it was inevitably heralded as a future replacement for the largest, most successful cryptocurrency platform of all. In short, it came bearing the name of Ethereum Killer. Those prophecies turned out to be premature, and by 2019 the hit that’s been put out on Ethereum is still waiting to be cashed. A year is a long time in the crypto space, and many would argue that the lineup of possible contenders for Ethereum’s throne has changed already. New upstarts have come to the fore, while some who’ve been in the



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Singapore Dollar Bulls Look to CPI to Keep MAS on Hawkish Path
Date/Time: Sat, 23 Feb 2019 19:00:01 -0500

Singapore Dollar Bulls Look to CPI to Keep MAS on Hawkish PathAn above-consensus inflation report Monday would go a long way toward ensuring the currency’s advance remains on track. A gauge of the country’s nominal effective exchange rate, which the Monetary Authority of Singapore guides to conduct policy, is showing signs of weakness amid continued global trade tensions and a slowdown in China. Unlike most central banks that use interest rates to tackle inflation and growth, the MAS instead steers the local dollar against a basket of its counterparts, adjusting the pace of appreciation, known as the slope, the width of the target band and the level at which that band is centered.



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China Deleveraging Is Dead as $34 Trillion Debt Habit Roars Back
Date/Time: Sat, 23 Feb 2019 19:00:00 -0500

China Deleveraging Is Dead as $34 Trillion Debt Habit Roars BackFrom bank loans to trust-product issuance to margin-trading accounts at stock brokerages, leverage in China is rising nearly everywhere you look. “Deleveraging is dead,” said Alicia Garcia Herrero, chief Asia Pacific economist at Natixis SA in Hong Kong. The question now is whether China’s attempt to create a healthier mix of financing -- fewer shadow banks, longer debt maturities -- will prove successful.



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U.S.-China Said to Be Haggling Over How to Enforce Currency Pact
Date/Time: Sat, 23 Feb 2019 18:50:32 -0500

U.S.-China Said to Be Haggling Over How to Enforce Currency PactTreasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Friday touted the currency pact as the strongest ever, though he offered no details, following two days of high-level talks in Washington between U.S. and Chinese officials. The discussions were extended into the weekend in search of a broad trade deal to prevent the U.S. from increasing tariffs on Chinese goods next week.



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Roche nearing $5 billion deal to acquire Spark Therapeutics: WSJ
Date/Time: Sat, 23 Feb 2019 18:30:44 -0500

Roche nearing $5 billion deal to acquire Spark Therapeutics: WSJThe deal for Spark could be announced Monday, if not sooner, at a price tag of nearly $5 billion, but could still fall through, the Journal said, citing the unidentified sources. Spark's market value was just under $2 billion at Friday's market close. The newspaper reported there was at least one other unidentified bidder for Spark as of Friday.



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France calls on Germany to ease arms export rules
Date/Time: Sat, 23 Feb 2019 18:17:43 -0500

France calls on Germany to ease arms export rulesFrench Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire said on Sunday that Germany should ease its strict arms export rules for countries outside the European Union to strengthen the defense industry. France has complained that joint arms manufacturing projects are being stalled by Berlin's refusal to authorize future arms export licenses to Saudi Arabia, a major buyer. Germany said in November it would reject future arms export licenses to Riyadh over the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.



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