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Dow Jones & Yuan Wobble Despite China Confirming Trade Deal with US

Dow Jones & Yuan Wobble Despite China Confirming Trade Deal with US

Rich Dvorak, Analyst


  • Stocks in the Dow Jones soared alongside the Chinese Yuan after Beijing confirmed trade negotiators reached a partial deal with Washington in text
  • President Trump has agreed to shelf the December 15 tariff tranche, though tariffs in effect currently will remain
  • China has committed to increase imports such as agricultural goods from the United States but still refuses to disclose details of the trade deal

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Chinese officials just announced that the first phase of trade talks with the United States have achieved a major advancement’ and is the first tangible piece of evidence in the 18-plus month trade war that US-China trade relations are in fact improving.

The phase one trade agreement reportedly spans agricultural purchases, intellectual property protection, forced technology transfer and opening of their financial markets according to China’s Vice Minister of Commerce.

While Beijing has formally confirmed that it will ramp up purchases of US farm goods such as soybeans, corn and pork, the Asian nation still refuses to provide details on the size of purchases. President Trump has previously mentioned, however, that China would purchase up to $50 billion in agricultural goods.


Dow Jones Price Chart Stocks Reaction to Phase One Trade Agreement with China

Chart created by @RichDvorakFX with TradingView

The Dow Jones Index spiked back above the 28,000-price level after China confirmed that Sino-American negotiators have forged ahead and made material progress in trade talks and have reached an agreement on text for a phase one trade deal originally announced mid-October.

Yet, stock market investors still seem a bit skeptical of news that the US and China have reached a trade deal due to the lack of specifics offered to reporters. The Dow Jones has since turned negative on the day after the benchmark initially climbed nearly 0.5% in response to the trade headlines.

Correspondingly, there appears to be an outstanding downside risk to equities that the latest US-China trade war development will chalk up to be a ‘buy the rumor sell the fact’ type of event. This idea is also portrayed by spot USD/CNH price action.


Chinese Yuan Price Chart Response to Phase One Trade Deal With US Tariffs Canceled

Spot USD/CNH took a nosedive as word that a partial US-China trade deal has been reached in principle was confirmed by the Beijing and reflects the strengthening of the Chinese Yuan. The Chinese Yuan has weakened significantly this year to offset tariffs levied by President Trump on Chinese exports to the US, but spot USD/CNH prices could be expected to retrace back lower with the December 15 tariff tranche now off the table.

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Though the response in the offshore Yuan was similar to that in the Dow Jones Index as the China trade press conference progressed owing to the ambiguity surrounding specifics of the phase one deal and because current tariffs in place will stay in effect. Moving forward, China’s Vice Minister of Commerce outlined how the partial trade agreement will need to be ratified through formal legal procedures in both countries before President Xi and Trump can sign the phase one deal.

Meanwhile, President Trump stated that phase two talks will begin immediately while specifics on agricultural purchase commitments and further details on the phase one trade deal will be provided 'in the future.' Though US congress remains occupied with impeachment proceedings and ratifying the long-outstanding USMCA deal, which may make it difficult to finalize the phase one trade agreement between Beijing and Washington anytime soon.

-- Written by Rich Dvorak, Junior Analyst for

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