LAST WEEK – KEY TAKEAWAYS
Trade: US raises tariffs on Chinese goods
• US equities fell as President Trump followed through on his pledge to increase trade tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese goods;
• There were mixed messages from President Trump throughout the week, but equities recovered after he described the latest round of talks, which concluded on Friday, as ‘candid and constructive’.
• Omnis view: The Chinese vowed to hit back, although the new tariffs only apply to goods shipped from Friday, so the two sides still have a short window to agree a deal.
UK: Prime Minister plans fourth vote on her deal
• Media reports suggested the Prime Minister is planning to hold a fourth vote on her Brexit withdrawal deal as she attempts to break the deadlock before the European elections on 23rd May;
• Meanwhile, the UK economy grew by 0.5% in the first quarter of 2019, driven by stockpiling ahead of the original Article 50 deadline of 29th March .
• Omnis view: Parliament is unlikely to back Mrs May’s deal. Instead, she will have to reach a compromise with the Labour party that would probably include committing to a referendum on the deal.
UK gross domestic product (GDP) growth rate
Europe: German exports pick up in March
• European equities briefly rallied at the end of the week as the Federal Statistics Office reported that German exports unexpectedly rose in March, comfortably beating forecasts.
• Omnis view: Germany is considered Europe’s ‘engine’, so any good news about its economy should boost sentiment towards the EU as a whole.
LOOKING AHEAD - TALKING POINTS
• Tuesday- UK unemployment rate and wage growth for March;
• Thursday- EU balance of trade for March.
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This update reflects Omnis’ view at the time of writing and is subject to change.
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