US Stock Futures Rise as Investors Assess US-China Tensions

After a deep selloff in U.S. stocks on Friday, U.S. equity-index futures pointed to a higher open as investors assess President Donald Trump’s order for a review of more tariffs that prompted an aggressive response from China.

Futures on the S&P 500 Index advanced as much as 0.8 percent Monday after all major U.S. equity indexes on the cash market ended last week in the red as data showed March payrolls were cooler than economists forecast. Contracts on the Nasdaq 100 rose as much as 1 percent, while those on the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 0.9 percent.

“After having the weekend to digest the fallout in equity markets, I think there could have been a possible overshoot on the S&P: it’s probably magnified by the U.S. jobs report that came in weaker than expected,” Stephen Innes, head of trading for Asia Pacific at Oanda Corp., said by phone. The jobs report “wasn’t as bad as what it alluded to, given the weather factors on the Northeast,” he added.

US Stock Futures Rise as Investors Assess US-China Tensions

Larry Kudlow, the president’s top economic adviser said Friday the U.S. and China are holding “back-channel discussions” to resolve an escalating trade dispute that has unsettled global financial markets. “President Xi and I will always be friends, no matter what happens with our dispute on trade,” Trump said in a tweet on Sunday.

In a new development Monday, China is said to be evaluating the potential impact of a gradual yuan depreciation. One part of the analysis looks at the effect of using the currency as a tool in trade negotiations with the U.S., while a second part examines what would happen if China depreciates the yuan to offset the impact of any trade deal that curbs exports.