Update (1010ET): If ever there was evidence of the farce this so-called market (and perhaps also the Trump administration) has become, it is this.
Shortly after stocks and the yuan plunged following Peter Navarro using the words "it's over" when discussing the US-China trade deal, the White House Advisor rapidly backtracked, claiming in a statement that the comment was "taken wildly out of context."
Additionally, Axios reports that the President's chief economic adviser Larry Kudlow refuted Navarro's earlier comments:
"The U.S. remains engaged with China over the phase one trade deal signed last January and according to trade negotiator Bob Lighthizer the deal is going well. President Trump has made similar comments just recently."
The response was instant spike in stocks...
And just like that - everyone's stops were run!
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Global pandemic, meh, buy stocks!
Global economic collapse, meh, buy stocks!
US-China trade deal is over? Sell, Mortimer, Sell!
US equity futures and offshore yuan are plunging in early Asia trading after White House trade adviser Peter Navarro said on Monday the trade deal with China is “over."
“It’s over,” Navarro told Fox News in an interview when asked about the trade agreement.
Reuters reports that Navarros says the “turning point” came when the US learned about the spreading coronavirus only after a Chinese delegation had left Washington following the signing of the Phase 1 deal on Jan. 15.
“It was at a time when they had already sent hundreds of thousands of people to this country to spread that virus, and it was just minutes after wheels up when that plane took off that we began to hear about this pandemic,” Navarro said.
This follows various threats of US-China decoupling from the White House, and also an increasing anti-dollar rhetoric from Chinese officials.
Futures are getting hammered...
And Yuan collapsed....
Gold is bid...
And bond yields plunged...
Trump will not be pleased at the market drop - but then again, that's Powell's problem now! The question is why now? Which makes us wonder if the Trump admin realizes 'we, the people' need a non-domestic enemy to focus on and distract from the unrest at home.