Stock Exchange :

China stocks surge after Trump and Xi agree to a pause in tariff escalation

Key Points
  • Stocks in Asia Pacific mostly rose in Monday morning trade.
  • U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping emerged from a meeting on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit in Osaka, Japan, where both sides confirmed that they did not plan to levy any new tariffs against each other's products at the present time.
  • Data released Sunday showed Chinese manufacturing activity shrinking more than expected in June.

Asia Pacific markets mostly rose in Monday morning trade after U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed to hold off on slapping additional tariffs in an effort to resume trade talks.

Mainland Chinese shares surged in early trade. The Shanghai composite added 1.74% while the Shenzhen component skyrocketed 2.65%. The Shenzhen composite also added 2.424%.

Hong Kong's Hang Seng index, on the other hand, slipped 0.28% amid protests in the city on the anniversary of its return to Chinese rule.

In Japan, the Nikkei 225 jumped 1.64% in morning trade, with shares on index heavyweight and robot maker Fanuc soaring more than 2%. The Topix index also gained 1.46%.

South Korea's Kospi added 0.1% as shares of chipmaker SK Hynix advanced more than 0.5%. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 rose 0.58%.

Asia-Pacific Market Indexes Chart

U.S. stock futures also pointed to sharp gains on Wall Street at Monday's open.

US-China trade

The moves came after Trump and Xi emerged from a meeting on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit in Osaka, Japan. Both sides confirmed in separate comments that they did not plan to levy any new tariffs against each other's products at the present time.

Still, analysts said the decision is unlikely to spur business decisions.

"Although a worst case outcome has been averted, the threat of tariffs remains and it is unlikely the truce gives much confidence to firms' investment and hiring decisions," Tapas Strickland, an economist at National Australia Bank, wrote in a note.

"It is likely that soft manufacturing conditions will persist until if and when a fuller agreement is fleshed out," Strickland said.

Over at Citi, analysts said in a note: "We expect the current truce to last through the end of the year, with 2020 potentially being a 'Deal-maker' year."

In the event that negotiations "fail," however, 10% tariffs on the $300 billion of Chinese imports "would be almost ready to go," they said.

On the subject of Huawei, Trump suggested that he will be reversing his government's decision to ban American companies from selling products to the Chinese telecommunications behemoth. Previously, Washington had described the tech giant as a security risk to the U.S. and its allies.

Still, Trump said the issue of Huawei will be resolved only at the conclusion of the negotiations.

Following Trump's comments, White House economic advisor Larry Kudlow told Fox News Sunday that the decision to let Huawei buy U.S. products is "not a general amnesty. "

"I think it's going to be very interesting to see how Huawei plays out," Rob Subbaraman, head of global macro research at Nomura, told CNBC's "Squawk Box" on Monday.

"What happens in terms of these … 'structural issues', technology transfer, (intellectual property rights) … state subsidies, whether China starts to … in Trump's words, 'level the playing field,' I think is going to be very important," Subbaraman said.

Chinese manufacturing activity slumps in June

Data released Monday from a private survey showed that Chinese factory activity in June was at its lowest since January.

The Caixin/Markit factory Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) for June was 49.4. Analysts polled by Reuters had expected the indicator to come in at 50. A PMI reading above 50 indicates expansion while those below that figure signal contraction.

That followed a Sunday official data release that showed Chinese manufacturing activity shrinking more than expected in June.

The Purchasing Managers' Index stood at 49.4 in June, according to China's National Bureau of Statistics on Sunday. That was unchanged from the previous month and below expectations of 49.5 by analysts in a Reuters poll.

Currencies and oil

The U.S. dollar index, which tracks the greenback against a basket of its peers, was at 96.348 after seeing levels below 96.0 last week. The offshore Chinese yuan saw strong gains against the dollar to 6.8499 after tracking above 6.87 for much of the previous trading week, while its onshore counterpart was at 6.8498.

The Japanese yen, viewed as a safe-haven currency, weakened to 108.12 against the dollar after trading below 107.0 last week. The Australian dollar changed hands at $0.6999 following its rise from below $0.696 in the previous trading week.

Oil prices jumped Monday morning during Asian trading hours, with international benchmark Brent crude futures surging 1.98% to $66.02 per barrel. U.S. crude futures gained 2.02% to $59.65 per barrel.

— Reuters, along with CNBC's Everett Rosenfeld and Huileng Tan, contributed to this report.

source: CNBC

zyedusrPanel

Read Previous

Private survey of China’s factory activity in June shows lowest reading since January

Read Next

Dow futures surge more than 150 points after Trump and Xi agree not to impose more tariffs