1. Sino/U.S. Dispute Causes Havoc in the Markets
Stocks plunged on Friday after President Donald Trump ordered U.S. manufacturers to find alternatives to their operations in China while later also stating at the G-7 summit that he regrets not raising tariffs on Chinese imports even more. Overall, the G7 over the weekend was overshadowed by the trade war and Donald Trump will give a speech about it this afternoon which should be eyed closely by traders. Friday’s escalation in the trade war between US and China pushed risk markets lower causing equities to drop swiftly but we may see mild recoveries on the weekly opening after China’s Vice President stated that he is willing to solve the trade dispute with the US amicably.
2. CNY Freefalls
Meanwhile, the Chinese yuan hit an 11-year low this morning as the U.S.-China trade war escalated dampening the global economic outlook. Despite some temporary truces and gestures of goodwill, the long-standing trade stand-off is not expected to be resolved any time soon while in between recoveries look like possibilities to re-enter markets on the short side with a fair risk/reward ratio.
3. Forex Preview: USD Shaken by Trump
The USD lost on Friday but reassurances from various Fed sources show the Fed will likely stay on course and not blindly lower rates which should give the USD a reason to recover again, also given that no big technical levels were broken. The EUR naturally gained on the back of the newfound USD weakness but is still below important levels and could turn south again from here as it did in July Elsewhere, the GBP is gaining on both USD weakness and a little bit of hope of a possible resolution about the backstop issue between the UK and the EU.
4. Oil Dips, gold Gains
Oil prices fell this morning, pushing U.S. crude to its lowest in more than two weeks, it will be interesting to see what happens after Donald Trump’s speech and if he will mention Iran’s Zarif surprise visit at the G7 or any impact of that. Meanwhile, safe havens jumped with XAU/USD touching a fresh six-year high on Monday as the announcement of fresh U.S. tariffs on China imports caused investors to turn to safe-haven assets.
5. Bitcoin Higher
BTC also traded higher as an increasing number of market participants view crypto alternatives as a form of safe havens but was not able to get anywhere close to the 11k level which keeps it in neutral territory.
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*Financial Times Aug 26, 2019 03:07 AM ET
**Reuters Aug 26, 2019 3:53 AM ET
***CNBC Aug 26, 2019 2:48 AM ET
****Investing Aug 26, 2019 05:20 AM ET