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U.S. markets and stock ETFs continued to retreat after President Donald Trump showed willingness to push back a trade deal until the next election and further added to the uncertainty by threatening new tariffs on other countries. On Tuesday, the SPDR Dow Jones Industrial Average ETF (DIA) fell 1.0% while the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY) dropped 0.7%. Markets reeled after Trump stated there was “no deadline” for reaching a trade accord with China, adding that he liked “the idea of waiting until after the election” to finalize a deal, the Wall Street Journal reports.
U.S. markets and stock ETFs slid Monday after an update on the manufacturing sector and a new round of trade concerns weighed on investors. On Monday, the SPDR Dow Jones Industrial Average ETF (DIA) dropped 0.7% while the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY) fell 0.6%. Trade was brought back to the forefront of concerns after President Donald Trump said on Twitter that he would reinstate tariffs on steel and aluminum imports out of Brazil and Argentina, arguing that the two countries weakening currencies were a major contributing factor, the Wall Street Journal reports.
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U.S. markets and stock ETFs rose Tuesday as comments on trade and positive updates from a number of companies helped fueled optimism. On Tuesday, the Invesco QQQ Trust (QQQ) was up 0.2%, SPDR Dow Jones Industrial Average ETF (DIA) gained 0.1% and SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY) rose 0.1%. “When you take a look at all the (trade) comments that have come out, the markets have reacted a little bit to it, but it certainly creates a positive bias,” Paul Nolte, portfolio manager at Kingsview Asset Management, told Reuters.
There are two pieces of news on the U.S.-China trade deal for investors to know today. First, China is promising more protection for intellectual property. Second, despite contradictory media reports about a trade deal, there is some credibility to Gao Lingyun, an expert who is apparently close to the trade talks, saying that the “two sides have reached a broad consensus” for the first part of an agreement.