Markets slump after China announces new tariffs

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US trade with China, explained

US stocks were poised to open sharply lower on Wednesday after China announced plans for heavy tariffs on $50 billion worth of US exports.

Futures pointed to losses approaching 2% for the Nasdaq and Dow. S&P 500 futures were off by roughly 1.5%.

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The pain extended to US companies that could be harmed by the planned sanctions. The 106 affected products will include soybeans, chemicals, aircraft and autos.

Boeing (BA), General Motors (GM), Ford (F) and Caterpillar (CAT) all posted steep declines in premarket trade.

US oil futures plunged almost 2% to trade at $62.35 per barrel. The price of soybeans, a major US agricultural export to China, fell more than 4%.

“There has been a lot of rhetoric surrounding trade wars for some time now, but the transformation of these threats into actions in recent days is alarming and is clearly roiling markets,” said David Cheetham, chief market analyst at XTB.

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Global stocks were also hit. European markets were lower, with some indexes shedding more than 1%. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng, which had been higher in morning trade, closed with a loss of 2.2%.

Related: China fires back, announcing tariffs on US imports

The announcement from China came less than 24 hours after the Trump administration published a list of about 1,300 Chinese exports that it plans to target with tariffs.

CNNMoney (London) First published April 4, 2018: 5:45 AM ET


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