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The Australian dollar has been boosted by surprisingly strong Chinese trade data.
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The Australian sharemarket looks set to open higher
Australia is part of negotiations to forge a trade deal on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which would cover 40 per cent of the world economy
China's trade surplus expanded in November to $US33.8 billion - considerably larger than a median forecast of $US21.7 billion.
The release of Chinese economic figures will influence how the Australian sharemarket kicks off on Monday.
The TPP is being negotiated by 12 nations - Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the US and Vietnam.
The stock markets' sharp rally after a strong jobs report suggests investors may be growing comfortable with the idea of the Fed cutting back stimulus.
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