Asian stocks bounced on Tuesday after U.S. President Donald Trump said the U.S.-China trade pact was “fully intact”, clarifying earlier confusing statements from the White House over the fate of the deal.
Jitters emerged early in the Asian day after White House trade adviser Peter Navarro said the trade deal with China was “over”, linking the breakdown in part to Washington’s anger over Beijing not sounding the alarm earlier about the coronavirus outbreak.
The statement prompted a selloff across equities markets but sentiment quickly recovered when Navarro, an outspoken critic of China, said his remarks had been taken out of context.
Trump also soothed nerves when he tweeted: “China trade deal is fully intact. Hopefully they will continue to live up to the terms of the agreement.”
- MSCI’s broadest index of Asia Pacific shares outside of Japan rose 0.72% to 517.1 points after earlier going as low as 509.9.
- Chinese shares regained lost ground too, with the blue-chip index last up 0.38%.
- In Hong Kong, the rose about 1% in early afternoon trade.
- South Korea’s index added 0.54% and jumped 0.8%.
- In commodities, fell 0.22%, or 13 cents, to $40.64 a barrel.
- Brent was down 13 cents at $43.07.
- As investors piled on equities, was relatively flat at $1,754.52 an ounce after trading down by up to 0.2%.
- In the Asian afternoon trading session, the safe-haven yen slipped against the dollar to 107.13, while the euro was a shade higher at $1.1266.
- The risk sensitive Australian dollar was up 0.1% at $0.6910. Its counterpart was marginally weaker at $0.6472.