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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Brexit: Boris Johnson new PM -markets up

The UK´s next Prime Minister is Boris Johnson. He won the majority of the votes in the Conservative Party elections and will move to Downing Street 10 after he has visited Queen Elizabeth in Buckingham Palace tomorrow. The Queen will formally appoint the new Prime Minister.

– We are going to get Brexit done on October 31st and we are going to take advantage of all the opportunities it will bring, in a new spirit of can do, Mr Johnson said after the voting results.

The stock markets were up in globally, partly of the good earnings results, for example from Coca-Cola and of positive signs in China-US trade talks. The US trade representative Robert Lighthizer will travel to China next week in order to continue the trade talks.

Dow Jones closed up 0,65 % to 27 349 points, the tech Nasdaq-index up 0,58% to 8251 points and S&P 500 index +0,68 % to 3005 points, reaching over 3000 points.

In Europe the FTSE 100 index closed up 0,56 % to 7556 points in London, the DAX-index closed up 1,64 % to 12490 points and in France the CAC 40 index closed up 0,92 % to 5618 points.

In Asia the stocks also rose in Tuesday. The Nikkei index closed up 0,95 % to 21 620 points and Hang Send in Hong Kong rose 0,34 % to 28 466 points. The Shanghai Composite rose 0,45 % 2899 points.

The euro was trading 1,11 dollars. The UK sterling was at 1,11 euros and at 1,24 dollars.

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Trump: US companies can sell equipments to Huawei

The US President Donald Trump said in today’s press conference in Osaka, Japan that the US and China have agreed that the US companies can sell equipments to Huawei. According to the US President this is part of the US China trade talks they agreed during the weekend G20 meeting.

He did not on the other hand wanted to comment if the Chinese telecom company would be lifted from the national security list or not.

– We are leaving this issue to be discussed later on, he said. The negotiations are starting again during the next week and according to President Trump the Huawei-case is a complicated matter.

Trump mentioned that he would like to see the countries more as strategic partners in the future.

During the meeting in Osaka, US and China also agreed that US is holding tariffs during the negotiations. And part of the trade deal is also that China has agreed to buy US farm and agri products.

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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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Trump and Xi to have extended meeting in G20

The US President Donald Trump said today that he and the Chinese President Xi Jinping will have extended meeting during the G-20 meeting in Osaka, Japan next week.

Mr Trump tweeted that he had a “very good” phone conversation with Mr Jinping today and he confirmed that the trade negotiations teams will begin talks prior the meeting.

The meeting will take place in Osaka, where the G-20 leaders will gather on June 28-29. According to the Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe the meeting in Osaka, Japan is determined to lead global economic growth by promoting free trade and innovation, achieving both economic growth and reduction of disparities, and contributing to the development agenda and other global issues with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at its core. Through these efforts, Japan seeks to realize and promote a free and open, inclusive and sustainable, “human-centered future society.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Stocks tumbled globally – trade conflict

The global stocks markets tumbled on Thursday trading. The main reason for the bear sentiment were the trade discussions between the US and China, which are still open. The US President Donald Trump and the Chinese President Xi Jinpeng are expected to meet in Japan in the G20 – meeting in June.

Dow Jones-index ended down 1,11 % to 25490 points, the S&P 500 -index closed down 1,18 % to 2822 points and the technology index Nasdaq down 1,58 % to 7628 points. The 10-year government bond yield dropped to lowest levels since 2017 and the energy stocks dropped by 3,13 % on Thursday trading.

Hewlett-Packard (HPE) announced its quarterly results and guided for fiscal 2019 the net EPS to be 2,04-2,11 dollars per share. The company net revenue was 14 billion dollars during the quarter, up 0,2 % from the year earlier. The personal systems accounted for 8,9 billion dollars of the sales and the profitable printing side 5,1 billion dollars. The stock ended down 2,65 % to 14,70 dollars.

The US President Donald Trump said in the White House press conference that the Goverment will help farmers with a new 16 billion dollars direct aid. He also mentioned that the US economy has done better since 2016 with the value of 8 billion dollars. In the trade talks issues he mentioned also the new deal with Japan in the agriculture products and also the new USMCA agreement with Mexico and Canada. According to the President, many democrats in the congress are also backing the USMCA deal.

In Europe the stocks ended also down with FTSE 100 -index down 1,41 % to 7231 points, the German Dax-index 1,78 % to 11952 points and the France CAC 40 -index down 1,81 % to 5281 points.

The EU and UK Brexit situation is still open and both sides are waiting for the EU elections results due to next Sunday evening. UK Prime Minister Theresa May is expected to leave her position after the Brexit deal and according to the new situation, all the options are still valid: no-deal or deal Brexit or new referendum.

The UK Goverment said that the Withdrawal Bill will be presented to the UK Parliament in early June. The US President Donald Trump is visiting the UK in early June from 3rd-5th June.

The sterling was trading down 0,04 % 1,2660 dollars and the euro was up 0,29% to 1,118 dollars. The US-dollar was down 0,72 % to 109,57 yens and euro was up 0,31 % to 0,8833 pounds.

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