European Markets Mixed Amid Fresh US Trade Tariff Threat

European stocks were mixed Monday morning, amid renewed fears over an escalating trade war between the world’s two largest economies.

The pan-European Stoxx 600 was little changed during early morning deals, with most sectors and major bourses in negative territory.

Europe’s technology stocks were the worst performers shortly after the opening bell, down around 0.6 percent amid heightened concerns over the U.S.-Sino trade war. Sopra Steria Group and Siltronic led the losses, down over 2.5 percent Monday morning.

Source : CNBC

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Asian shares hobbled by new tariff threat

Asian share markets slipped on Monday amid reports Washington was about to announce a new round of tariffs on Chinese imports, setting the stage for possible reprisals by Beijing.

Liquidity was thin with Japan on holiday, keeping early moves modest. Hong Kong markets could also be disrupted after a super typhoon brushed the city on its way to landfall in China’s Guangdong, the country’s most populous province.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan dipped 0.26 percent, snapping three straight sessions of gains.

Australian shares eased 0.2 percent, while EMini futures for the S&P 500 were off 0.19 percent. Treasury futures were little changed as were the major currencies.

U.S. President Donald Trump is likely to announce new tariffs on about $ 200 billion on Chinese imports as early as Monday, a senior administration official told Reuters.

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Nikkei Struggles to Snap Losing Streak, Trump’s China Trade Threat Weighs

Japan’s Nikkei inched up on Monday, supported by short-covering after falling for six straight sessions, but gains were limited after U.S. President Donald Trump warned he was ready to slap tariffs on virtually all Chinese imports into the United States.

The Nikkei was up 0.1 percent at 22,330.19 points by in mid-morning trade, after flitting in and out of negative territory. The broader Topix was up 0.2 percent to 1,688.37, with advancing issues outnumbering declining ones 1,227 to 747.

Trump ratcheted up trade pressure on China on Friday, threatening duties on another $ 267 billion of goods in addition to the $ 200 billion already facing the risk of duties.

Source : Reuters

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