Asian markets tumbled Monday as traders feared that President Donald Trump only reported progress in trade talks with China to score political points as the U.S. midterm elections draw near.
KEEPING SCORE: Japan’s Nikkei 225 index fell 1.2 percent at 21,985.05 and South Korea’s Kospi dropped 1.6 percent to 2,059.60. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index slipped 2.4 percent to 25,891.48. The Shanghai Composite index shed 1 percent to 2,649.21. The S&P ASX/200 in Australia fell 0.1 percent to 5,841.70. Shares fell in Taiwan and Singapore but rose in the Philippines.
WALL STREET: Technology stocks slumped on Friday as Apple reported poor earnings and said it would stop disclosing quarterly iPhone sales. The company’s stocks gave up 6.6 percent to $207.48. But high-growth stocks rose after the U.S. and China said they had made some progress in trade talks. The S&P 500 index dropped 0.6 percent to 2,723.06 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 0.4 percent to 25,380.74. The Nasdaq composite, which has a high concentration of technology companies, slipped 1 percent to 7,356.99. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks added 0.2 percent to 1,547.98.
US-CHINA TRADE: Global markets rose Friday after President Donald Trump said that he talked to his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping about trade. Trump added that the discussions were “moving along nicely” ahead of a planned meeting at the Group of 20 summit later this month. Larry Kudlow, a top White House economic adviser, later said “there may be a little thaw going on here.” The two countries have already imposed tariffs on billions of dollars’ worth of each other’s exports and there are hints of more to come if relations do not improve. A Chinese foreign ministry spokesman agreed that the leaders had a positive phone conversation, without elaborating if they had made progress