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Good morning. Investors are weighing up recent developments in two different trade wars, while the U.K. ponders who its next leader will be just as U.S. President Donald Trump touches down in London. The weekend also brought a surprise in German politics. Here's what's moving markets.
Donald Trump arrives in London Monday having risked riling milkshake-wielding protestors even further at the weekend by wading in on the Brexit debate once again, backing a no-deal Brexit and touting Nigel Farage as a suitable negotiator. Meanwhile, a meeting with Prime Minister Theresa May, in her last week in the job, may be used to build support for putting further pressure on the Chinese telecommunications firm Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd.
Trump’s weekend musings weren’t limited to Brexit, he also kept up his hawkish rhetoric against Mexico following last week’s tariff announcement. He called the Latin American nation an “abuser” in a Twitter posting and added that “TARIFF is a beautiful word indeed!” Meanwhile, the president’s other trade war adversary, Beijing, warned Sunday that it won’t be forced into concessions by the U.S.’s pressure tactics.
Asia stocks slipped and futures in Europe looked to continue Friday’s tariff war-driven decline, with economists at Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs warning that the episode could lead to a recession. Elsewhere, the pound edged up as Tory leadership candidates laid out their views on Brexit (Check out this cool graphic on the pound’s journey under May). There was also early M&A news Monday as chipmaker Infineon Technologies AG was said to near a deal to acquire U.S. firm Cypress Semiconductor Corp.
Surprise in Berlin
The latest sign of uncertainty in European politics came as Andrea Nahles, The leader of Angela Merkel’s junior coalition partner, stepped down in a surprise move that puts into question the survival of the German government itself. Nahles’s Social Democratic Party suffered a devastating defeat in the European Parliament elections last week. Coupled with constant wrangling over Brexit and the Italian budget outlook, investors are unlikely to welcome this fresh instability in Germany. Still, the euro gained overnight.
Scheduled economic data include Markit manufacturing PMIs from the euro-area, U.K. and U.S. Meanwhile, Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference kicks off today as the tech firm embraces a future in which its other products are no longer so dependent on the iPhone. Oh, and ITV Plc’s blockbuster reality show Love Island starts today (you wanted to know, really).
What We’ve Been Reading
This is what’s caught our eye over the weekend:
- Sorry Amazon. Kim Kardashian is now a store.
- Giving up on enduring economic growth.
- Mo Salah’s arrival reduced hate crimes in Liverpool: study.
- The pocket-sized monster terrifying farmers.
- Boeing faces up to doubtful airlines.
- London Underground etiquette hasn’t changed.
- Why Bing’s no longer a laughing stock.
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