Stocks rally as U.S., China inch closer to trade deal

  • 10:45 04 March 2019

Stocks rally as U.S., China inch closer to trade deal

Asian shares started the week on the front foot on signs the United States and China were close to striking a tariff deal to end their protracted trade war while the dollar eased as traders wagered Federal Reserve policy would remain accommodative, ONA reports citing Reuters.

The Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday Washington could lift most or all of its tariffs on Beijing while a summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping to sign a final trade deal could happen later this month.

That followed comments from Trump last week that he had asked China to immediately remove all tariffs on U.S. agricultural products because trade talks were progressing well. He also delayed previously scheduled plans to impose 25 percent tariffs on Chinese goods.

All of that proved positive for risk sentiment with E-mini futures for the S&P500 and the Dow rising 0.4 percent each on Monday. Spreadbetters pointed to a positive start for Europe as London’s FTSE futures added 0.5 percent.

Faig Mahmudov