TOKYO (Reuters) – U.S. stock futures jumped on Monday as U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the U.S. trade war with China is “on hold” after the world’s two largest economic powers agreed to drop their tariff threats while they work on a wider trade agreement.
S&P mini futures ESc1 rose 0.6 percent in early Asian trade on Monday.
Investors trading Asian stocks were cautious. Japan’s Nikkei .N225 ticked up 0.1 percent while MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS was off 0.1 percent in early trade.
Mnuchin and U.S. President Donald Trump’s top economic adviser, Larry Kudlow, said the agreement reached by Chinese and American negotiators on Saturday set up a framework for addressing trade imbalances in the future.
“The weekend talk appears to have made progress. While they still need to work out details of a wider trade deal, it is positive for markets that they struck a truce,” said Hirokazu Kabeya, chief global strategist at Daiwa Securities.
U.S. bond yields rose as safe-haven demand for debt fell, with the 10-year Treasuries yield rising 1.5 basis points to 3.082 percent US10YT=RR, near a seven-year high of 3.128 percent hit on Friday.
“Recent data suggests the U.S. economy is very strong, hardly slowing down in Jan-Mar. The world economy slowed in that quarter but it appears to be rebounding. And recent rises in oil prices are likely to lift inflation expectations further,” said Tomoaki Shishido, senior fixed income analyst at Nomura Securities.
“We expect more selling until the next Fed’s meeting in June,” he said.
In the currency market, higher U.S. yields helped to strengthen the dollar against a wide range of currencies.
The euro dipped 0.1 percent to $1.1756 EUR=, hovering above Friday’s five-month low of $1.1750.
The common currency was also hit after two anti-establishment parties pledged to increase spending in a deal to form a new coalition government.
The dollar maintained an uptrend against the yen, rising 0.25 percent to fetch 111.01 yen, JPY=, close to Friday’s four-month high of 111.085.
Oil prices held firm near 3-1/2-year highs after Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro appeared to be set for re-election, an outcome that could trigger additional sanctions from the United States and more censure from the European Union and Latin America.
Oil prices have been supported by plummeting Venezuelan production, in addition to a solid global demand and supply concerns stemming from tensions in the Middle East.
U.S. crude futures rose 0.6 percent to CLc1 $71.69 per barrel, near last week’s 3 1/2-year high of $72.30 while Brent crude futures LCOc1 notched up 0.6 percent to $78.95 per barrel. It had risen to $80.50 last week, its highest since November 2014.
(This story corrects strategist name in paragraph 4.)
Reporting by Hideyuki Sano; Editing by Eric Meijer & Shri Navaratnam
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