Uncertainty over the United States and China deal persists

Asian stocks retreated from six-month highs on Friday on uncertainty over whether and when the United States and China will seal a deal marking a truce in their trade war that has slowed economic growth and roiled markets.

Global markets rallied overnight on news the two countries have agreed to roll back tariffs on each other’s goods as part of the first phase of a trade deal.

But markets ran into profit-taking during Asian hours on worries the pact could still fall apart as an outside adviser to Trump said there was no specific agreement for a phased rollback of the tariffs.

Multiple sources familiar with the talks said the plan faced fierce internal opposition at the white house and from outside advisers.

Tokyo’s Nikkei, which earlier in the day climbed to a 13-month high, gave up some of the gains to be last up 0.05%. Chinese shares were firm with the Blue-Chip index up 0.4%.

Jeffery Halley, senior market analyst at Oanda said and I quote, “the noise coming from Washington dc was not quite so upbeat, with reports of conflicts amongst white house advisors on the merits of the plan. That said, despite the lack of detail and a concrete timeline for even signing an interim trade deal, progress does at least appear to be being made. As ever, the caveat here is the unpredictable nature of the white house.” End of quote.

E-mini futures for the S&P 500 were down 0.2% while Dow minis ticked 0.1% lower.

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