Beijing’s announcement overnight that there are no plans for more trade talks with Washington has rattled global markets and seeing as there’s no positive trade news on the China front, the White House is giving a bullish headline about auto tariffs, perhaps the second-most-important trade-related issue.
Confirming earlier reports, Trump said plans to impose auto tariffs on EU auto imports by six months.
- TRUMP SAYS EU, JAPAN AUTO TARIFFS DELAYED FOR AT LEAST 180 DAYS
- WHITE HOUSE SET TO ANNOUNCE UP TO SIX MONTH DELAY IN DECIDING WHETHER TO IMPOSE TARIFFS ON IMPORTED CARS AND PARTS FRIDAY
One analyst told BBG that the delay is a sign that the administration is shelving its plans for a broader trade battle, but still, everything else pales in comparison to China.
“So one part of the trade fight is being put off. And hopefully we’ll soon know if the metals tariffs the U.S. imposed on Mexico and Canada will be torn down after this week’s proposal. But all that pales in comparison to the China situation.”
Unfortunately, the jawboning has met with limited success. US stock futures have moved off their lows for the session on the news.
We’ll see what other trade headlines the administration can muster to try and stop the Dow from recording its fourth weekly drop in a row, the longest such stretch in three years.
This article first appeared on Zerohedge