Asian shares ease as Trump rekindles Sino-U.S. trade tensions

SHANGHAI — Asian shares pulled back on Friday as worries over renewed Sino-U.S. trade tensions weighed on sentiment ahead of the release of June trade data from China, though expectations of a Federal Reserve rate cut later this month kept losses in check.

Those bets remained strong despite a rise in U.S. consumer inflation in June, and helped to lift the S&P 500 index to a record closing on Thursday. S&P 500 e-mini futures were last up 0.21% at 3,010.25.

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell indicated on Thursday that a rate cut is likely at the Fed’s next meeting as businesses slow investment due to trade disputes and a global growth slowdown.

On Friday, MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was down 0.05% in early deals, with Australian shares dipping 0.16% and Japan’s Nikkei stock index trimming 0.11%.

“Markets have enjoyed a bit of a calm spot in the U.S.-China trade war saga since the announcement of a truce and restarting of trade talks at the G20 meeting. Unfortunately, headlines are once again beginning to emerge,” ANZ analysts wrote in a morning note.

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday that China was not living up to promises it made on buying agricultural products from American farmers.

“While this wasn’t a big market mover, it does serve as a reminder that things could flare up again,” the analysts said.

Later on Friday, China will release trade data for June, with analysts expecting exports to have fallen as weakening global demand and a sharp hike in U.S. tariffs took a heavier toll on the world’s largest trading nation.

On Thursday, the S&P 500 gained 0.23% to end at a record closing high of 2,999.91 points and the Dow Jones Industrial Average also hit a record high close of

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