SHANGHAI, July 13 2018 : Asian shares were higher today following gains on Wall Street overnight, as concerns over an escalating U.S. trade war with China took a breather.
MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was up 0.2 percent, building on a 0.6 percent rise on Thursday, after U.S. stocks ended the day higher.
Australian shares also gained 0.2 percent, while Japan’s Nikkei stock index .N225 was 1.2 percent higher.
Shares in Asia had recovered yesterday after dropping on an announcement from Washington that the U.S. planned to institute 10 percent tariffs on an additional $200 billion in Chinese imports.
The U.S. slapped import tariffs of 25 percent on $34 billion worth of Chinese goods on July 6, prompting a matching response from China.
Today, S&P500 e-mini futures ESc1 rose to a five-month high on expectations of solid earnings growth among U.S. firms despite the trade war threat.
“Some have suggested that Chinese officials are easing back their rhetoric with the intention of going back to the negotiation table, perhaps in light of increased concerns about economic impacts,” ANZ analysts wrote in a note today. “But it is not clear whether it is truly a change in tone or if the U.S. news was a surprise to China’s economic team and a reaction is being prepared.”
Yesterday, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said that the U.S. and China could reopen trade talks, but only if Beijing was willing “to make serious efforts to make structural changes.”
The dollar, which has been a safe haven amid global uncertainty over trade, touched 112.70 against the yen JPY=, its highest level since Jan. 10. At 0003 GMT, it was changing hands at 112.67, up 0.1 percent.
The warning came after supply disruptions in recent weeks from countries including Venezuela, Norway, Canada and Libya.
Spot gold was flat, trading at $1246.58 per ounce. – Reuters