American equity futures climbed on Thursday and European shares fluctuated in the wake of the signing of the U.S.-China trade deal, an event that helped drive global stocks to record highs.
Asian equity markets traded mostly higher but with gains capped as the euphoria from the US-China Phase 1 trade deal signing dissipated. The deal was caveated by China’s commitment to purchase agricultural goods “based on market conditions” and potential for China to exit the deal.
President Trump said he will visit China in the not too distant future to reciprocate for the Phase 1 signing. Work on Phase 2 will begin as soon as this one kicks in.
Trump was reported to have previously threatened auto tariffs of 25per cent on European autos if Europe refused to initiate the dispute mechanism against Iran in the JCPOA deal.
According to EGM Securities daily report, Asian equity markets traded mostly higher but with gains capped as the euphoria from the US-China Phase 1 trade deal signing, which had buoyed Wall Street to record highs.
US President Trump said he will visit China in the not too distant future to reciprocate for the Phase 1 signing and that work on Phase 2 will begin as soon as this one kicks in.
Trump stated that they are leaving tariffs on so the US has more cards to negotiate for Phase 2, where he will agree to remove all tariffs if Phase 2 is completed and that he expects Phase 2 to be the last, while US Vice President Pence later suggested discussions on Phase 2 have already begun.
The Emini S&P rose to an unprecedented 3300 level before waning amid some doubts concerning the implementation of the deal.
ASX 200 (+0.6%) outperformed as it forayed above 7000 for the first time ever led by notable strength in tech and financials, while Nikkei 225 (+0.1%) was indecisive and stalled ahead of 24k despite strong Machinery Orders which showed the first M/M expansion in 5 months, as well as its largest increase on record for the series.
According to details of the US-China trade deal, China is to purchase an additional US$ 32billion of agricultural goods, US$ 77.7billion of manufacturing, US$ 52.4billion of energy and US$ 37.9bln of services.
Reports also noted the deal includes detailed provisions on patent protections and counterfeit products, as well as an enforcement process, while the dispute settlement mechanism of the deal is designed to be completed in 90 days and if US reimposes tariffs in an enforcement dispute, China cannot implement retaliatory tariffs, but it can quit the agreement.
Furthermore, the only way to get further tariff relief from the US is to make Phase 2 but noted it is not the US’ intention to wait until after the US election for a Phase 2 agreement.
Chinese Vice Premier Liu He said China will purchase agricultural goods based on market conditions, as specified in the deal and that China will adhere to the deal out of mutual respect. Liu also stated that Phase 1 will not impact legal interests of third parties and that implementing Phase 1 is the highest priority, while he added US and China need to step up cooperation as it is the only right path.
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