The balance of trade (or net exports, sometimes symbolized as NX) is the difference between the monetary value of exports and imports of output in an economy over a certain period. It is the relationship between a nation's imports and exports. A favourable balance of trade is known as a trade surplus and consists of exporting more than is imported; an unfavourable balance of trade is known as a trade deficit or, informally, a trade gap. The balance of trade is sometimes divided into a goods and a services balance.

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Asian Stocks Fall As China Data Disappoints

Most of the Asian markets fell Friday as investors were disappointed to note that China's trade balance for July was worse than expected, increasing concerns about the faltering economic condition.

US Stock Futures Signal Lower Wall Street Open

Futures on major U.S. indices point to a lower opening Friday ahead of the U.S. Commerce Dept.'s trade balance report, which details the United States' trade deficit in goods and services.


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Gold Prices Steady In European Trading

Gold steadied in Europe on Thursday after falling to a four-month low in the previous session, as an uptick in the euro after Spain moved to clean up its banks and Europe's bailout fund approved a key payment to Greece took some pressure off prices.
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US Futures Up Ahead Of Jobs, Trade Data

Futures on major US indices point to a higher opening Thursday ahead of key weekly jobless claims and February trade balance reports from the government.
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Wall Street To Open Lower After China Trade Data

Stocks were set for a slightly lower open on Monday as economic data in China and this week's Federal Open Market Committee announcement gave investors reason to pause after a three-day rally.