Hopes for trade breakthrough fade as China cancels U.S. farm visits

WASHINGTON/CHICAGO (Reuters) – A U.S.-China trade deal appeared elusive on Friday after Chinese officials unexpectedly canceled a visit to farms in Montana and Nebraska as deputy trade negotiators wrapped up two days of negotiations in Washington. Chinese officials were expected to visit U.S. farmers next week as a goodwill gesture, but canceled to return to China sooner than originally scheduled, […]

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State Department's top arms control official leaving post

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. under secretary of state for arms control and international security, Andrea Thompson, is leaving her post, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Friday. “Her wealth of knowledge, experience, and leadership skills will be missed,” Pompeo said in a statement. Thompson submitted her resignation several days ago having decided that now was the right time […]

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New York Mayor de Blasio ends presidential bid, draws Trump's sarcasm

NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Friday ended his 2020 presidential campaign that was overshadowed by better-known liberal Democrats, and drew a sarcastic farewell from a fellow New Yorker, President Donald Trump. “Sometimes it’s just not your time, and that’s OK,” de Blasio, 58, told reporters. De Blasio launched his long-shot candidacy in May […]

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TREASURIES-Yields steady as funding pressures ease

* Fed injects liquidity in short-term markets for fourth day * Fed interest rate policy in focus By Karen Brettell NEW YORK, Sept 20 (Reuters) – U.S. Treasury yields were steady on Friday as the New York Federal Reserve conducted another repo operation to ease conditions in the short-term lending markets, and as investors continued to evaluate whether further interest […]

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Border wall, Iran, Space Force among hurdles for $700 billion U.S. defense bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Disputes between U.S. Republicans and Democrats over President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall, Space Force and his ability to launch a war with Iran are among the biggest obstacles Congress faces in passing a massive annual defense policy bill. Members of the House of Representatives and Senate formally launched on Thursday this year’s negotiations on the National […]

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BORSA USA -S&P 500 vicino a livello record grazie a Microsoft

19 settembre (Reuters) – I guadagni di Microsoft spingono il benchmark S&P 500 molto vicino ai massimi storici, all’indomani della decisione della Federal Reserve di tagliare come previsto i tassi di interesse, ma ridimensionando le speranze di un ulteriore allentamento monetario. ** Il progetto del colosso informatico di riacquistare 40 miliardi di dollari di azioni sta dando sostegno anche a […]

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Factbox: Trump's new national security adviser, in his own words

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump named Robert O’Brien on Wednesday as his latest White House national security adviser, picking a lawyer who has worked to secure the release of hostages to replace John Bolton, with whom Trump parted acrimoniously. O’Brien – a fierce critic of former President Barack Obama – published a collection of his national security essays […]

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U.S. bankers seize on repo-market stress to push for softer liquidity rules

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Big U.S. banks are using the recent chaos in short-term funding markets as an opportunity to pressure the Federal Reserve to ease liquidity requirements they have long despised. On Wednesday, a major industry lobbying group and the chief executive of the largest U.S. bank criticized Fed-imposed standards of how much idle cash banks must keep on hand, […]

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Fed pumps more cash as key rate breaks above target

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The Federal Reserve injected another $75 billion into the U.S. banking system on Wednesday, restoring a measure of order after a bout of extreme volatility inside the bank funding market drove the central bank’s benchmark interest rate above its targeted range for the first time since the financial crisis. The ructions in the money market come […]

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