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BANK OF AMERICA analysts predicted that a real deal with China on tariffs and full access to China markets by U.S. firms could cause a S&P 500 rally of 5-10 percent. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/RON ANTONELLI

BofA says a `real’ trade deal could vault S&P 500 to...

NEW YORK - With stocks rallying this year amid signs of nascent progress in China-United States trade talks, investors may be inclined to conclude...
AN AERIAL VIEW shows more than 9,000 solar panels clustered to form the A Street solar energy farm, located at a former landfill in Johnston. The facility will be used to generate power for Johnston and Providence. / COURTESY SOUTHERN SKY RENEWABLE ENERGY RI

Have the tariffs on imported solar panels been worth it?

When the Trump administration put tariffs on imported solar panels (mainly from China), the solar power industry expected that it would suffer as a...
U.S. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE President Thomas Donohue urged the president to resolve his differences with Congress over a border wall and ease tariffs in the chamber's annual address. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/ANDREW HARRER

Top U.S. business lobby takes on Trump over shutdown, trade

NEW YORK - The U.S. Chamber of Commerce took on President Donald Trump over the partial government shutdown and trade tensions, urging him to resolve...
U.S. MANUFACTURING seems to be slowing after a couple of years of strong growth, as tariffs and other economic headwinds hit the economy. / BLOOMBERG NEWS PHOTO/DAVE MARTIN

Humming U.S. factories end 2018 on sour note amid trade war

WASHINGTON – Five Federal Reserve indexes of regional manufacturing all slumped in December, the first time they’ve fallen in unison since May 2016 and...
THE U.S. TRADE GAP increased 1.7 percent to $55.5 billion in October, the highest in a decade. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/TIM RUE

U.S. trade gap widens to 10-year high amid China tensions

NEW YORK - The United States trade deficit widened more than forecast in October to the highest in a decade, underscoring continued fallout from the...
MARKETS DECLINED TUESDAY as angst mounted that the U.S. and China made no meaningful progress on the trade front over the weekend. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/TIM BOYLE

U.S. stocks battered by trade, yield concerns

NEW YORK - United States stocks plunged, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average tumbling more than 800 points, as a litany of concerns wiped out...
THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION said that China has agreed to remove tariffs on imported automobiles. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/ OILAI SHEN

Mnuchin says China agrees to lower auto tariffs; Beijing silent

NEW YORK - U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said China has agreed to remove tariffs on imported automobiles but declined to detail the specifics of...
ACCORDING TO a new survey, less than half of U.S. manufacturers expect that tariffs will lead to higher domestic prices in the U.S. through 2020. Most respondents also did not anticipate moving factories back to the U.S. due to tariffs. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/TY WRIGHT

Less than half of U.S. factories expect tariff price impact

NEW YORK - Less than half of United States manufacturers think that President Donald Trump’s tariff and trade war will lead to higher domestic...
U.S. COMPANY'S capital spending has slowed due to higher interest rates and the uncertainty around tariffs, among other factors. The slowdown follows a spur in spending following the most recent tax cuts. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/JIM LEE

Capital-spending slowdown flashes warning for U.S. growth

NEW YORK - Juiced by President Donald Trump’s tax cuts, business investment helped deliver a robust United States economy in the first half of...
UNITED STATES FIRMS are attempting to avoid U.S. tariffs on China by shifting some stages of manufacturing operations abroad, according to UBS. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/ALEX FLYNN

UBS: U.S. firms evading Trump tariffs by switching output abroad

NEW YORK - United States companies are evading President Donald Trump’s goods tariffs by partly moving production abroad, shielding China for now from the...
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