Global Stocks Mostly Lower as Investors Await US Tariff Hike

Global Stocks Mostly Lower as Investors Await US Tariff Hike

Global stocks lower as investors wait for U.S. decision on tariff hike in tech battle with China.

BEIJING — Major global stock markets were mostly lower Tuesday after Wall Street’s gains as investors waited for a new U.S. tariff hike in a trade battle with China.

KEEPING SCORE: In early trading, Germany’s DAX lost 0.1 percent to 11,971.94 and London’s FTSE 100 fell 0.3 percent to 7,258.47. France’s CAC 40 was little-changed at 5,273.25. On Monday, the CAC 40 added 0.3 percent, the DAX rose 0.2 percent and the FTSE 100 was unchanged. On Wall Street, futures for the Standard & Poor’s 500 index and Dow Jones industrial average were little-changed.

ASIA’S DAY: The Shanghai Composite Index retreated 0.2 percent to 2,664.80 and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng lost 0.7 percent to 26,422.55. Tokyo’s Nikkei 225 advanced 1.3 percent to 22,664.69 while Seoul’s Kospi declined 0.2 percent to 2,283.20. Sydney’s S&P-ASX 200 added 0.6 percent to 6,179.70 and India’s Sensex shed 0.4 percent to 37,764.80. Benchmarks in Taiwan and New Zealand gained while Southeast Asian markets declined.

WALL STREET: U.S. stocks broke a four-day losing streak as industrial companies and retailers rose. Technology companies recovered some of last week’s losses. Nike, Home Depot and Walmart all climbed. Microsoft and other technology companies rose, but Apple fell after saying more U.S. tariff hikes could push it to raise prices. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index gained 0.2 percent to 2,877.13. The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 0.2 percent to 25,857.07. The Nasdaq composite rose 0.3 percent to 7,924.16.

TRADE TENSIONS: The Trump administration is due to announce a decision shortly on whether to go ahead with 25 percent tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese imports in a dispute over Beijing’s technology policy. The two sides already have raised duties on $50 billion of each other’s goods. Trump said Friday that he was considering extending penalties to extending penalties to nearly all Chinese imports to the United States by raising duties on an additional $267 billion of goods.

ANALYST’S TAKE: “Wall Street balanced the tech gloom against the fresh focus on tax cuts on Monday yielding mixed returns,” Jinyi Pan of IG said in a report. “The protracted expectation for more bad news to set in with the looming tariffs remains the most important factor weighing on markets currently.”

ENERGY: Benchmark U.S. crude gained 24 cents to $67.78 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract lost 21 cents on Monday to close at $67.54. Brent crude, used to price international oils, advanced 56 cents to $77.92 in London. It rose 54 cents the previous session to $77.37.

CURRENCY: The dollar gained to 111.47 yen from Monday’s 111.12. The euro edged up to $1.1627 from $1.1595.

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