Market Moving News
The Mexican Tariffs are Off, even though the Mexicans say the terms were already agreed to months ago. (And there is no big agriculture buyer.)
Global stocks rallied after President Donald Trump suspended plans for tariffs on Mexico. Sovereign bonds fell, along with gold and the yen, as demand for havens ebbed.
China Tariffs are Back On, if Chairman Xi doesn’t meet Trump at the G20 meeting. (Not the Onion.) Trump says they will be effective immediately.
“I think he will go, and I think we’re scheduled to have a meeting,” the president told CNBC, adding Beijing is “going to have to make a deal.”
Trump said: “our Fed is very, very destructive to us” (9:30min) at the same time Trump expressed his envy for a dictator of a totalitarian state.
Trump renewed his attack on the Fed, complaining it not having the power over the Fed that he says Xi wields over China’s central bank. “The head of the Fed in China is President Xi,” he said. “He can do whatever he wants.”
Hong Kong marches against Extradition
The U.S. State Department expressed “ grave concern” over a proposed law in Hong Kong that would allow extraditions to mainland China, warning that the move could further undermine the city’s freedoms and damage its business environment. If the proposal is passed, it could for the first time mean that by law Hong Kong residents might face justice in Chinese courts. A protest held on Sunday was one of the biggest seen in the city since 1997. Here’s why Hong Kong craves autonomy.
- Salesforce ($CRM) to Buy Tableau ($DATA) for $15.3 Billion in Analytics Push
- United Technologies, Raytheon to Create Aerospace Giant
Trade Wars and More
The US-China Trade War Rages On: DRAM Price Decline 3Q to Widen to 15% – Trendforce has more: As ripples from the US ban continue to spread, Huawei’s shipments of smartphone and server products are feared to face heavy obstacles for the next two to three quarters, impacting peak-season-demand for DRAM products 2H and the time of price precipitation. This could impact MU and SK Hynix the most.
Alibaba’s Hong Kong share offering should worry U.S. markets.
Citi warned trade tensions are set to roil stocks, bonds and commodities even more. The bank’s base case predicts Trump applying 25% tariffs on additional Chinese goods. If the Fed doesn’t cut, expect a “full scale bear market” that sends the S&P 500 down 20% from its April peak, 10-year Treasury yields tumbling to 1.5% or lower and a surge in gold to $1,600 an ounce.
The macro and micro economic data continue to deteriorate,” wrote Morgan Stanley’s chief investment officer, pointing to weak durable goods orders, disappointing capital spending, soggy retail earnings, lackluster freight shipments, and a “very soft” employment number as evidence of an economy running on fumes.
Bulls beware: The 2020 oil market is quickly turning ugly.
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