Markets Tumble On New Tariff Threats From White House

U.S. markets are looking to close the month as the worst May performance since 2012, in the wake of new tariffs that President Donald Trump has aimed at Mexico.

“Adding on to an already bearish trend, President [Donald] Trump announced plans for a 5% tariff on Mexican imports, with framework for continued escalation related to border security,” said Robbie Fraser, senior commodity analyst at Schneider Electric. “The move will add to existing trade and economic concerns, but also carries specific risks for crude and products, with Mexico being a key energy trade partner.”

The stock markets tumbled to new lows again today, rapidly approaching the March lows, amidst broadening trade fears, which now include Mexico and China, and slackening bond yields.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped nearly 270 points so far, down over 1%, while the S&P 500 slid 1%. The Nasdaq Composite declined by 1%. All indices continue their decline.

In a series of tweets Friday morning, Trump tweeted that if his planned 5 percent tariff on all Mexican imports was to go into effect on June 10, a policy divulged less than a day ago, then not only would Mexico be forced to create a plan for the inflow of migrants crossing its borders headed for the United States, but there would be additional decreases in drug smuggling, that US manufacturers would return to domestic production, and that the US trade deficit with Mexico could be resolved.

In order not to pay Tariffs, if they start rising, companies will leave Mexico, which has taken 30% of our Auto Industry, and come back home to the USA. Mexico must take back their country from the drug lords and cartels. The Tariff is about stopping drugs as well as illegals!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 31, 2019

90% of the Drugs coming

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