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Ibovespa, the benchmark stock index in Brazil, closed up 0.25% at 72,607.69 points on Friday, influenced by the positive external scenario, after indications from U.S. senators that Donald Trump's tax reform must be approved. The index had a turnover of R$ 17.6 billion, driven by the auction of Itaúsa...

The Brazilian service sector revenue fell for the fourth consecutive month in October, by 0.8 %, compared to September, said the country's statistics office. On an annual basis, there was a 0.3% decline. Service sector revenue also decreased in 2017 to October (-3.4%) and in the 12 months to October...

japanexports-112510.jpg Japan posted a merchandise trade surplus of 113.357 billion yen in November, the Ministry of Finance said on Monday - down 22.6 percent on year. The headline figure beat forecasts for a deficit of 40.0 billion yen following the 285.4 billion yen surplus in October. Exports were up 16.2 percent...

The total number of new motor vehicle sales sold in Japan was up a seasonally adjusted 0.1 percent on month in November, the Australian Bureau of Statistics said on Monday - coming in at 99,055. That followed the flat reading in October. By category, sales for other vehicles added 0.4 percent,...

Consumer confidence in New Zealand continued to ebb in December, the latest survey from ANZ Bank revealed on Monday - sliding 1.5 percent to a score of 121.8. That's down again from the November reading in which the index sank 2.1 percent to a score of 123.7. It's the third straight month the index...

Japan had a merchandise trade surplus of 113.357 billion yen in November, the Ministry of Finance said on Monday. That beat forecasts for a deficit of 40.0 billion yen following the 285.4 billion yen surplus in October. Exports were up 16.2 percent on year, topping expectations for a gain of 14.7...

Japan will on Monday release November numbers for imports, exports and trade balance, highlighting a modest day for Asia-Pacific economic activity. Imports are expected to jump 18.0 percent on year after gaining 18.9 percent in October. Exports are called higher by an annual 14.7 percent, up from...

The government of Argentina decided to vote on the pension reform bill on Monday amid speculation that President Mauricio Macri's administration could use a decree to fast-track the legislation. On Thursday, pro-government representatives tried to move ahead with the vote on the pension reform - but...

The government of Venezuela and its state-owned oil company (PDVSA) said they began to transfer interest payments related to the company's 2021, 2024, 2026 and 2035 Bonds. The deadline for those payments is Sunday. Also, the oil company called on all bondholders and investors "to rely on the logistics,...

The unemployment rate in Peru rose to 4.2% between August and October, a subtle increase from the previous quarter when the jobless level was at 4.0%, said the South American country's statistics office. In the last two quarters, the jobless rate in Peru hit the lowest level in four months. Between...

Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski said he would not resign amid pressure from the Congress, controlled by the opposition, after the discovery of payments received from Brazilian construction company Odebrecht - which is being investigated for bribes in several Latin American countries. In a...

The Argentinean state-owned oil company YPF and GE Energy Financial Services sealed an agreement settling the conditions under which both should agree as soon as possible on the capitalization of YPF Energía Eléctrica S.A. The agreement establishes that GE injects capital in hte company by subscribing...

Brazil's Neoenergia canceled primary and secondary public offering of shares and blamed unfavorable market conditions for the decision. The state-owned bank Banco do Brasil, one of Neoenergia's shareholders, said it would hold on to its 9.35% stake in the company. In a statement, Neoenergia reported...

Colcap, the main index of the Colombian Stock Exchange, traded down 0.12% near the end of the Thursday's trade at 1,470.94 points as Bancolombia's shares dropped after Standard & Poor's downgraded the company's credit rating. Marcela Ramírez, an analyst at Acciones & Valores, noted that S&P's decision...

Merval, the main index of the Buenos Aires Stock Exchange, reversed early losses to close 0.70% higher Thursday at 27,225.49 points, with investors monitoring the vote on the pension reform bill in the Argentinean Congress. The pension reform vote was suspended after opposition lawmakers successfully...

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