China Adds New Tariffs, More Hurt for U.S. Equities

More hurt could be ahead for U.S. equities after China announced new tariffs on Friday equal to $75 billion worth of U.S. goods and duties on American autos were resumed. The Chinese State Council said the tariffs range from 5 percent to 10 percent on $75 billion U.S. goods in two batches effective on Sep. 1 and Dec. 15.

“In response to the measures by the U.S., China was forced to take countermeasures,” the Council said in a statement on Friday.

“The Chinese side hopes that the U.S. will continue to follow the consensus of the Osaka meeting, return to the correct track of consultation and resolve differences, and work hard with China to end the goal of ending economic and trade frictions,” it added.

This news comes after the U.S. removed some items from list of new China tariffs and the additional duty on other goods is postponed to Dec. 15. Yet, the wall of worry was still apparent in the bond markets, which are flashing a recession signal in the inverted yield curve.

Goldman Sachs is forecasting that the ongoing U.S.-China trade war will have a larger effect on growth. In fact, the global investment firm just lowered its fourth-quarter growth forecast by 20 basis points to 1.8%, which could negatively affect U.S. equities moving forward.

Meanwhile, after the U.S. markets got what they wanted in the form of a rate cut by the Federal Reserve, global markets also reacted in tow with falling rates. Will this move put U.S. equities ahead of international equities or will the latter capitalize off potential weakness ahead for the U.S. economy?

The central bank cited “implications of global developments for the economic outlook as well as muted inflation pressures.” The Fed also said it would “act as appropriate to sustain the expansion,” which meant that future rate cuts could take place.

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