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The U.S. is said to plan higher tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese imports, after optimism over the potential for renewed trade talks boosted stocks. Apple reported earnings that beat expectations, providing some relief to battered tech stocks. Here are some of the things people in markets are talking about.
U.S. Plans Higher Tariffs
The Trump administration will propose raising to 25 percent its planned 10 percent tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese imports, a move that would ratchet up pressure on Beijing to return to the negotiating table, three people familiar with the internal deliberations said. The U.S. and China are trying to restart talks aimed at averting a full-blown trade war. Representatives of U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Chinese Vice Premier Liu He are having private conversations as they look for ways to reengage in negotiations, two people familiar with the effort said. They cautioned that a specific timetable, the issues to be discussed and the format for talks aren’t finalized, but added there was agreement among the principals that more discussions need to take place.
Trade Optimism, Tech Rebound
Nasdaq futures climbed after Apple Inc. results topped estimates, sending the iPhone maker’s shares higher by more than 3 percent in after-hours trading. Earlier Tuesday, U.S. stocks rallied as optimism over trade lifted industrial shares. The S&P 500 halted a three-day slide, and FAANG stocks gained. Japanese bond yields fell the most since November and then yen weakened after the BOJ signaled interest rates will stay low for an “extended period of time.” The dollar strengthened against most G-10 peers. Oil sank, and metals mostly rallied.
Apple’s Rosy Outlook Boosts Shares
Apple forecast sales that beat analysts’ estimates, suggesting consumers continue to snap up the company’s iPhones, digital services and wearable devices like AirPods and the Apple Watch. The technology giant expects fiscal fourth-quarter revenue to be between $60 billion and $62 billion. Analysts were looking for $59.4 billion, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. The sales forecast may be seen as an indication the company’s expecting to include sales of the next-generation iPhones in the fiscal fourth quarter. Apple is preparing a major new iPhone launch with three models. Shares rose about 3.5 percent in extended trading on Tuesday. The stock closed at $190.29 in New York and has gained 12 percent this year, moving Apple closer to becoming the first U.S.-based company with a market value of $1 trillion.
China’s Politburo Shifts Focus to Growth
China’s Politburo signaled Tuesday that policy makers will focus more on supporting economic growth amid risks from a campaign to reduce debt and the trade standoff with the U.S. The communique, which followed a meeting of the country’s 25 most senior leaders led by President Xi Jinping, said the nation’s campaign to reduce leverage will continue at a measured pace while improving economic policies to make them more forward-looking, flexible and effective in the second half of 2018. The external environment has “significantly changed” and the nation should roll out targeted measures to solve the key problem, according to state news agency Xinhua’s report of the meeting.
Asia’s traders will spend the morning picking through Apple earnings and GDP reports from the euro area, Canada and Mexico. New Zealand employment and Aussie housing prices are on tap, as well as a slew of manufacturing PMI reports, including China’s Caixin reading. Urjit Patel will take the spotlight from Haruhiko Kuroda, with investors expecting a 25-basis-point rate hike from the RBI.
What we’ve been reading
This is what caught our eye over the last 24 hours.
- A senior lawyer who worked with Goldman is a target in the Swiss 1MDB probe.
- Australia's population is about to hit 25 million. Three decades early.
- Facebook identifies ongoing evidence of election interference.
- Jeff Bezos’s parents may be worth billions.
- A new airline is set to join Vietnam's congested skies.
- Trump calls the Koch brothers a “total joke” and “two nice guys with bad ideas” on Twitter.
- A 350-square-foot apartment is on the market for $750,000.
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