Trump: China is willing to make a deal

The US President Donald Trump said to media representatives that he believes China is willing to make a trade deal. He told media that if the trade war is to prolonged the US will benefit more from it. He was speaking in Morristown before boarding Air Force One on Thursday.

According to Wall Street Journal, President Trump has also asked White House advisers to analyse if the Danish owned Greenland would be for sale. The idea of buying the Danish governed island would be in the national security interest, while one of the US Air bases is located on the island.

The speculation of the idea has come into public while Mr Trump will be visiting Denmark during September. None of the parties have responded to a request for comment, the newspaper says.

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Stocks tumbled in NY – hit by trade war

The financial markets tumbled today globally as a response to the tightening trade war between the US and China trade. The global economy growth was the main concern in the markets while the Chinese currency, yuan decreased to its lowest levels in decade, to around 7 per dollar. Last week the US President Donald Trump informed about the new tariffs in the China trade.

Dow Jones index closed down 2,9 % to 25 717 points, the S&P 500 index closed down 2,99 % to 2844 points and the tech-Nasdaq index down 3,47 % to 7726 points. The gold and Japanese yen increased.

Apple (AAPL) closed down 5,23 % to 193,34 dollars, ride-hailing company Uber (UBER)closed down 3,34 % to 39,05 dollars, IBM (IBM) closed down 4,41 % to 140,76 dollars, Microsoft (MSFT) closed down 3,43 % to 132,21 dollars and Walmart down 3,27 % 105,82 dollars. Luxury company Ralph Lauren (RL) closed also down 3,19 % to 95,73 dollars. The electric car manufacturer Tesla (TSLA) closed down 2,57 % to 228,32 dollars.

According to Bloomberg market analyst, the trade war could hit US jobs as early as the next two months. This would also increase the global pressures for more rate cuts by the central banks in Europe and in the US. Last week the Fed lowered its fed funds by 25 basis points for the first time since the financial crisis.

In Europe the stocks were also down. In London the FTSE 100 index closed down 2,47 % to 7223 points, in Germany the DAX-index closed down 1,80% to 11 658 points and in France the CAC 40 -index closed down 2,19 % to 5241 points.

In Asia the Hang Seng closed down 2,85 % to 26151 points in Hong Kong and the Nikkei 225 index closed down 1,74 % to 20720 points.

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Trump: New taxes with China trade

The US President Donald Trump is to impose a new 10 % tariff in China imports. The new taxes, would be imposed beginning September 1st and would include for example smart-phones, laptop computer and children’s clothing.

According to Bloomberg, they will come on top of the 25% duty in place already on some $250 billion in Chinese goods and mean that almost all trade with China will be subject to new taxes.

The US President Donald Trump and the Chinese President Xi Jinping, met last time in Osaka at the end of June. The coming G7 meeting in France, in Biarritz, at the end of August, the 24 to 26 August, might also provide a possibility to continue the locked trade talks.

The Financial markets tumbled to the new tariffs news in Wall Street yesterday and in Asia today. For example the Nikkei-index was trading over 2 % lower and Shanghai-index over 1,7 % lower.

 

 

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Trump taking actions against France related tech tax

The US President Donald Trump said on Friday that the US is taking action against France and its decision to tax the US tech companies. According to his Twitter feed, the US will announce a substantial reciprocal shortly.

According to Wall Street Journal, France approved a new tax on large tech companies related on digital services. This 3 % tax of revenue will mean that companies like Google and Amazon would need to pay tax in France.

This tax issue will be discussed also in the coming G7 meeting in Biarritz, France in the beginning of August.

 

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Trump: US is not accepting Paris Agreement

The US President Donald Trump said that the country is not accepting a global Climate Change standard, which would mean a loss of the country’s production by over 20 %. He commented the Climate Change issues in the press conference in Osaka, Japan today.

According to him, the US air is now the cleanest it has ever been and he thinks that countries that have accepted the climate standard (the Paris Agreement) will loose their power with manufacturing.

Trump mentioned also that he does not like the subsidies related to the renewable wind power the US has at the moment.

– I do not like it, he said.

President Donald Trump did not signed the climate change communique of the G20 nations in Osaka. This so-called 19+1 formula on climate change  is similar to the Argentina meeting last year.  This means that the other countries are fully committed to the implementation of the Paris Agreement.

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Stocks mixed in NY before G20 Osaka

The US equities closed mixed today in New York ahead of the G20 meeting in Osaka, Japan on Saturday. The US President said he would use the “Plan B” if the US and China cannot proceed with the trade issues during the weekend. He said the new tariffs would be closer to 10 % rather than 25 %.

Dow Jones closed down 0,04 % to 26 536 points, S&P 500 index closed down 0,12 % to 2913 points, but Nasdaq ended up 0,32 % to 7909 points.

In the tech-stocks the ride-hailing company Uber (UBER) ended down 1,37 % to 42,45 dollars, showing the market capital of 72 billion dollars. The rival Lyft (LYFT) ended also down 1,67 % to 62,82 dollars with the market cap of 18,3 billion dollars. The latest IPO tech company, Slack Technologies rose 4,96 % to 32,37 dollars (16,4 billion market cap). Cryptocurrency Bitcoin reached above 13 000 dollars.

One of the hottest issues during the G20 leaders summit will be foreign exchange rates. Mr Trump has said that the US dollar is too strong compared to euro and Chinese yuan and thus taking competitive edge from the US companies. The G20 finance ministers and central bankers have already made their commitments from competitive devaluation, according to Bloomberg. In the markets, the Federal Reserve rate cut is expected to happen in July meeting.

The important meeting with President Donald Trump and the Chinese President Xi Jinping will be on Saturday. Mr Trump will also meeting for example the Russia´s President Vladimir Putin and Turkey´s Erdogan.

In Europe the stocks wee also mixed. In London the FTSE 100 index ended down 0,08 % to 7416 points, while in Germany the DAX index ended up 0,14 % to 12 245 points. In France the stocks declined by 0,25 % to 5500 points. The German 10 year government bond yield dropped to record low to -0,31 %.

The debate about Brexit continued and Boris Johnson, the PM and Conservative leader candidate, said that he does not expect no-deal departure on October.

The sterling was trading down 0,03 % to 1,2685 dollars, while euro was trading down 0,01 % to 1,1366 dollars. Dollar was up 0,54 % to 107,78 Japanese yen.

In Asia the stocks were also mixed. In Shanghai the stocks closed down 0,19 % to 3117 points, while in Hong Kong the Hang Seng index closed up 0,13 % to 28 221 points. In Japan the Nikkei 225 index ended down 0,51 % to 21086 points.

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Stocks closed down in NY- US data and trade tariffs

The US equities closed down today due to weak consumer confidence data and the trade tariffs between the US and China. The US and China leaders are meeting this week in G20 meeting in Japan and the information from the Federal Reserve has been that the tariffs can increase the risk of slower growth globally if there is no more confidence in the markets.

Dow Jones closed down 0,67 % to 26 549 points, S&P 500 index down 0,95 % to 2917 points and Nasdaq down 1,51 % to 7884 points. In Europe the FTSE 100 -index closed up 0,08 % to 7422 points, while the equities on the continent were down. In Germany the DAX closed down 0,38 % to 12 228 points and in France the CAC 40 down 0,13 points to 5514 points.

The US consumer confidence and new home sales were both below markets expectations. On the other hand on the M&A side, the deal volumes and values have been record high, according to Bloomberg data. On Tuesday, AbbVie said it would buy Allergan company, the Botox maker, for 63 billion dollars.

The G20 meeting on Friday and Saturday in Osaka, Japan will give more information while the US President Donald Trump and the Chinese President Xi Jinping will have their discussions then. According to Bloomberg, the US officials have signalled that the trade deal is unlikely to happen.

The US markets have been pricing a 50 basis points rate cut for the next Federal Reserve meeting in July, but according to St.Lous Fed President James Bullard such a rate cut would be too much. He commented the situation in a Bloomberg interview.

The central bankers have been discussing about the cryptocurrencies and Facebook´s new Libra coin in the central banks meeting in Switzerland today. The question of financial stability, consumer and regulatory standpoint are the major issues for the tech company and some believe Libra is not going to be a Bitcoin.

According to Reuters, the Facebook other issues related to privacy concerns and hate speeches have been the major topics and central bankers are requiring more information from Facebook in order to proceed with the new currency. The Britain’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) also commented the issue today with the same tone of voice.

In London, the discussions about the Brexit deal and the new Prime Minister have continued. Boris Johnson or Jeremy Hunt will be the next Prime Minister for the UK and the new leader will be announced on the 23rd of July. The deadline, October 31st will be soon, while the UK Parliament is starting their summer holidays on July 25 and the MPs will return on the September 3rd.

The euro was trading slightly up 0,01 % to 1,1368 dollars and the sterling up 0,06 % to 1,2696 dollars.

In Asia, the stocks were also down, the Shanghai All ended down 0,87 % to 2982 points, the Hang Seng in Hong Kong down 1,15 % to 28185 points and the Nikkei-index in Japan down 0,43 % to 21 193 points.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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