China, US still at Odds Over Ag Purchases

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The reading pushed up a market gauge of euro zone inflation expectations to its highest in a month and boosted the euro, which last traded 0.15% higher at $1.1082. The world's two largest economies are continuing to haggle over how to get Beijing to commit to massive purchases of US farm products, the people said. The S&P 500 lost 0.2% and the Nasdaq Composite also declined 0.2%.

Economists say that even if negotiations aimed at avoiding the new American duties are successful, many USA buyers will have already found alternative suppliers.

"The market does seem to be pricing in somewhat good news", said Mike Dowdall, investment strategist at BMO Global Asset Management. "Right now, the clouds of recession still remain well offshore despite troubled economies elsewhere in the world and a trade war".

The conflict has forced some large European companies to relocate USA -bound production out of China to nearby emerging economies, including Southeast Asia and India, in pursuit of cheap labor and production facilities, the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China said, publishing the results of survey Monday.

USA and Chinese officials are working on a deal to postpone tariffs set to hit Chinese imports in five days, according to a media report on Tuesday. President Donald Trump agreed to postpone a planned tariff increase in early October following trade talks but penalties already imposed on billions of dollars of goods stayed in place.

Meanwhile, investors digested China's inflation data released Tuesday that showed that consumer prices rose by the most in eight years in November.

But at the forefront of investors' minds is the December 15 deadline for the United States to impose a new round of tariffs on China, mainly covering consumer goods such as cellphones and toys.

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A report from the South China Morning Post should have us markets poised for a strong Tuesday - though, the major three USA indexes were all down in premarket and through the first half-hour or so of trading this morning.

Investors will also closely monitor the Federal Reserve as the central bank kicks off its last two-day monetary policy meeting of the year. "And now this week you see those two concerns coming back on the market", he said, adding that he expected their impact to be "short-term". You saw the 266,000 jobs (Trump) created in the most recent month.

Bond prices rose, sending yields lower.

Global benchmark Brent crude fell 0.08% to $64.20 a barrel and U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude dipped 0.05% to $58.99 a barrel.

The dollar index, which tracks the US currency against a basket of six other major currencies, was down 0.14% at 97.506.

On currency markets the pound was holding gains just days ahead of the United Kingdom general election, which is expected to see Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Conservatives win a big enough majority to push through his Brexit deal.

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