Several hours remain until European markets open, with early indications of European futures indicating a cautious, flat start at this stage. Following yesterday’s “healthy” sell-off at the US indices and the subsequent Asian ones, today we will expect Europeans to react a little more reluctantly to events.
Yes, Trump is escalating one trade front, but with Argentina and Brazil. China was threatened to raise tariffs if there was no deal, and China responded to the US after signing the Hong Kong law. They blocked access to ports of call for US warships and created a list of US citizens who would suffer financial penalties through the loss of diplomatic status and passports. US manufacturing data also came out disappointing.
But enough stories. The action today will again focus entirely on trade war. Cash flows today will be expected to remain rather focused on defensive assets: the yen, gold, the franc and bonds. A possible deeper outflow of stocks and cyclical instruments will only occur if the situation worsens, and today we will expect a turn of events. The US dollar remains weak, the euro is trading higher, the Australian dollar remains strongest after the RBA has kept interest rates low.
Trader Martin Nikolov