Trump: The US China deal might have to wait until US elections

The US President Donald Trump said the China trade deal might have to wait until after the U.S. presidential election in November 2020. He was commenting the trade talks in London on Tuesday.  According to him, he has no deadline.

The markets have been waiting for the Phase 1 deal with China before the trade tariffs deadline next week the 15th December. The trade speculations left the stock markets negative in New York.

The Dow Jones closed down 1,01% to 27502 points, S&P 500 down 0,66 % to 3093 points and Nasdaq down 0,55 % to 8520 points.

 

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US Trump to place tariffs on steel from Brazil and Argentina

The US President Donald Trump has said he will place tariffs on steel and aluminium imports from Brazil and Argentina. He commented the trade situation on Monday  before leaving for the Nato meeting to London. According to him, the weak currencies had made it harder for US food exports to compete.

The trade talks with China are also having delays due to the Hong Kong democracy and human rights bill the President Trump signed last week. According to him, the HK law have complicated the talks with China. China has said that the US Navy cannot enter the Hong Kong ports at the moment.

The city of Hong Kong also revealed some retail sales figures, which show the six months demonstrations have caused the city retails sales massive drops. For example the retail sales dropped 24,3 % in October, while the figures were – 18,2 % and -22,9 %  in September and August.

The trade talks with US China are having deadline next week on the 15th December before the new trade tariffs come into force. The US Administration has said that more tariffs will be placed if no deal is reached with China before the deadline.

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CEO Bogliolo: Tiffany will reach new heights in the LVMH deal

Tiffany´s CEO Alessandro Bogliolo thinks the merge with the French luxury group LVMH will help the company to reach new heights. He commented the merge deal in the company press release yesterday.

-Tiffany has been focused on executing on our key strategic priorities to drive sustainable long-term growth. This transaction, which occurs at a time of internal transformation for our legendary brand, will provide further support, resources and momentum for those priorities as we evolve towards becoming The Next Generation Luxury Jeweler. As part of the LVMH group, Tiffany will reach new heights, capitalizing on its remarkable internal expertise, unparalleled craftsmanship and strong cultural values, Mr Bogliolo said.

The takeover deal was well managed. According to Financial Times, the LVMH CEO Bernard Arnault visited the US in the opening ceremony of the Louis Vuitton leather production plant in Texas in October. The US President Donald Trump was also one of the firsts to know of the acquisition, although no names was mentioned to him, Mr Arnault told the FT reporter yesterday of that Texas-event.

And the business circles are small in the luxury business. For example the CEO of Tiffany, Mr Bogliolo is also a known-person to LVMH from his earlier carrier as a senior position at the Italian fashion house Bulgari, now part of the French luxury group.

The Tiffany takeover or LVMH´s Christmas present is the biggest deal for the company. According to Bloomberg Opinion the deal values the Tiffany about 16 times Ebitda, which is nice compared to the earlier deals in the industry. According to Bloomberg data, the LVMH purchase of Bulgari in 2011, the valuation was 23-24 times, as was the Swiss company´s Swatch purchase of Harry Winston in 2013.

So, what is going to happen next? Will the mergers and acquisitions trend in the luxury business continue? Sure. And all luxury companies are heading to Asia. It is also expected that LVMH will increase the Tiffayny´s presence in the Asian markets and find the best locations for the high-end consumers of Tiffany. All studies show that the biggest growth for luxury brands is coming from Asian consumers in the coming years.

As Mr Arnault told the Financial Times, LVMH is increasing the desirability of the Tiffany brand.

– My goal with Tiffany -as it is for Louis Vuitton or Dior – is that desirability for the brand should be higher in 10 years time than it is right now, he said in the FT interview.

The announced deal will increase the other major luxury brands interest to join the growth race. The French rival Kering, with brands like Gucci, Saint Laurent and Bottega Veneta and the Swiss Richemont, with brands like Cartier, IWC and Piaget, are in the line.

The stock markets have also seen the increase of interest and for example nearly all the major luxury companies were trading up on Tuesday in the Tiffany aftermatch.

LVMH was trading up 0,77 % at 407 euros, Tiffany slightly up 0,01 % to 133 dollars, Kering (KER) up 0,40 % at 546 euros and the UK Burberry (BRBY) up 0,24 % to 2093 pounds. Only the Swiss Richemont (CFR) was trading down, 0,57 % at 76 Swiss francs.

Picture: Luxury watches from LVMH Group: Hublot Big Bang, Tag Heuer, Bulgari

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Trump to meet Chinese top negotiator Liu on Friday

The US president Donald Trump will meet the top trade negotiator from China  in Washington on Friday.  According to his Twitter, he will meet Mr Liu He in the White House.

According to Bloomberg, last week the US Administration approved licenses for some American companies to sell tech goods to Huawei Technologies. And China agreed to buy more US agricultural products.

The latest US China trade news have lifted the stock markets and Dow Jones index is now trading up 0,62 %, S&P 500 -index up 0,60% and Nasdaq index up 0,64%. In London, the stocks were also up 0,38 %.

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Trump considers to ban Chinese listings on the US?

The US President Donald Trump is considering to ban the new listings on US exchanges and also to hinder the US pension funds to make investments in Chinese equities. The news send the US stock markets down while it is a sign of new tensions between the US and China trade talks, which should begin again in October.

The news about the topic and content were mixed in different media sources. For example according to Financial Times the sanctions would mean listings and financial investments between the countries. On the other hand, according to Reuters it was about how the Chinese companies could be delisted from the US markets.

The real content of the idea will maybe revealed later on, but the fact is that both ways would mean a dramatic change in the financial markets and its global functions. And some one could also consider if it would be possible anyhow. The financial markets regulations is not one-way street, but rather a highway or even a crossroad of high speed trains.

Big Chinese companies like Alibaba Group Holdings and JD.com both declined over 5 % after the news in New York. According to Reuters, there are 156 Chinese companies listed in Nasdaq and NYSE.

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Trump to delay China tariffs by two weeks

The US President Donald Trump has said the US will delay some Chinese tariffs related to 250 billion dollars in the beginning of October 1st.

– At the request of the Vice Premier of China, Liu He, and due to the fact that the People´s Republic of China will be celebrating their 70th Anniversary on October 1st, we have agreed, as a gesture of good will, to move the increased tariffs on 250 billion dollars worth of goods (25% to 30%) from October 1st to October 15th, he tweeted.

The US and China have also earlier agreed that they will start the trade negotiations again in October.

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US to tighten terror sanctions in the financial markets

The US is tightening terror sanctions in the financial markets. According to the Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and the Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the Trump Administration is tightening terror sanctions in the financial markets.

– The US is continuing to protect the US and the people from terrorist attacks. The Government has taken new actions related to terrorist organizations, regarding individuals and entities, in the financial markets, the Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said today in the White House press conference.

The press conference was arranged due to the changes in the White House national security. According to the tweet by President Donald Trump he will name the new National Security Advisor next week while John Bolton resigned today.

 

 

 

 

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