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High imports helped push Canada's trade deficit to a record for March. Canada's trade surplus with the United States narrowed for the fifth consecutive month to $1.7 billion in March compared with $2.3 billion in February.

Record exports saw Australia have a much larger than expected trade surplus for the third month in a row. Australia recorded a trade surplus of more than AUD 1 billion for March, in seasonally adjusted terms a surplus of  AUD1.527 billion Australian dollars.

Big week for trade talks for Washington with two key deadlines. First up May 1 (May Day) is when the temporary exemptions on increased tariffs granted from the U.S. on imports of steel and aluminum lapse. Second is May 4 for NAFTA deal to go to Congress for a deal this year.

In the midst of trade wars and Australia's awkward position between China and America an interesting fact has emerged, China is now the top origin of tourists to Australia. The Chinese takeover neighbour New Zealand as the top source country.

Stock markets rallied hard in relief after China’s President Xi Jinping said “The investment environment is like air, (and) only fresh air can attract more people” in a conciliatory Bo’ao Forum speech. U.S. President Trump responded respectively. What's next?

March non farm payrolls added 103,000 jobs, lower than expected following February's 313,0000 jobs which were the most since July 2016. Fed is likely unchanged with hourly earnings and unemployment steady. 

March auto sales are stronger than expected with the big three, Ford sales up 3.46% and Fiat Chyrsler up 13.6%. General Motors $GM however just came out saying they will only report quarterly. Car sales give us insight to consumer trends.

More upbeat news from Australia following the strong Coal, LNG and Iron Ore Export news. Australian AiG manufacturing PMI Index for March surged to a record high 63.1 from 57.5 in February. This was the 18th consecutive month of expansion.

China manufacturing and non-manufacturing purchasing managers indexes for March turned higher with export orders turning back over 50 in the midst of trade war dogma.

Canada's GDP was down 0.1$ in January while posting the largest decline in mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction since May 2016.

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