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Stocks Fall as China Trade Pact Questions Linger: Markets Wrap

Claire Ballentine and Sarah Ponczek
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Stocks Fall as China Trade Pact Questions Linger: Markets Wrap

(Bloomberg) -- Stocks declined as investors mulled the implications of the partial trade deal reached last week between the U.S. and China. Oil retreated and the dollar strengthened.

The S&P 500 Index had fluctuated most of Monday after China appeared to pour cold water on a pact touted by President Donald Trump, with people familiar with the situation saying it wanted to iron out details before signing it. Trading was about 28% below the 30-day average. A tweet from the Global Times’ editor-in-chief painted a more optimistic outlook, gave equities some support. U.S. debt markets are closed for the Columbus Day holiday.

“I think given we’ve had a bit of good news, chances are we’re going to be on the doubting side this week,” said Peter Jankovskis, Oakbrook Investments LLC’s co-chief investment officer. “That’s been the natural ebb and flow of the whole process.”

The iShares MSCI Turkey ETF slumped 3.9%. Trump said on Twitter that the U.S. will increase steel tariffs on Turkey back up to 50%. He also said some Turkish officials will also face sanctions and the U.S. will also stop trade negotiations with Turkey. Earlier, the nation’s stock market tumbled and its currency eased.

The Stoxx Europe 600 Index closed lower, while Asia stocks climbed, helping sustain a rally in emerging-market assets after the positive conclusion of the latest round of trade talks.

“I expect there will be a deal,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Monday on CNBC television. The sides made “substantial progress” last week in negotiations and Mnuchin said he expects Trump and President Xi Jinping to finalize the accord at a summit in Chile next month.

The pound weakened, after rocketing for the past two sessions, as European Union negotiators warned that Brexit plans from U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson are not yet good enough to be the basis for an agreement.

Elsewhere, West Texas crude oil dropped after surging the most in almost a month on Friday.

Focus will soon turn to earnings season that begins with big U.S. banks including JPMorgan Chase & Co., Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Morgan Stanley.

Here are some key events coming up this week:

Wednesday brings a monetary policy decision in South Korea.U.S. retail sales are forecast to increase for a seventh straight month. Sales in the “control group” are also expected to rise. Consumer spending is carrying the weight of U.S. economic growth so the data will be monitored closely for any signs of slowing.China releases third-quarter GDP, September industrial production and retail sales data on Friday.

Here are the main moves in markets:

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