Trump, Liu to Meet Amid Trade Deal Optimism

Stocks skid as US raises tensions ahead of China talks

US-China trade talks to resume amid fraught ties and low expectations

Wall Street's major indices gained following Donald Trump's tweet that "good things are happening" at the US-China talks, with "warmer feelings" than there had been in the recent past.

Mr. Trump said the deal would result in an additional $40 billion to $50 billion in farm purchases by China. In return, Washington called off the tariff hikes on Chinese goods scheduled for next week.

The United States and China managed to reach a partial agreement which might serve as groundwork for a "broader deal" between the two countries.

The president said a currency agreement may also be in the works.

China's top trade negotiator, Vice Premier Liu He, said on Thursday that China is willing to reach agreement with the United States on matters that both sides care about so as to prevent friction from leading to any further escalation.

A White House spokesman declined to comment.

Dow futures fell by 300 points nearly immediately, with futures on the S&P and the Nasdaq Composite each taking a 1 percent hit.

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The resumed trade talks that began on October 10, came days after the US Department of Commerce blacklisted 28 Chinese companies and both countries implemented reciprocal visa bans.

Sentiment was buoyed by the start of trade talks Thursday and U.S. President Donald Trump's plan to meet Beijing's envoy Friday. Trump tweeted Thursday morning.

But Clete Willems, a former Trump trade advisor, said Wednesday a partial deal could be the president's best move.

China's securities regulator on Friday also unveiled a firm timetable for scrapping foreign ownership limits in futures, securities and mutual fund companies for the first time.

Risk assets are jumping on the headline above but I think the algos are a bit too quick to jump the gun here.

Despite low expectations going into the first face-to-face high-level negotiations since July, hopes rose that a limited trade deal could be agreed upon after Thursday first day of meetings.

"The tweet.is giving market participants a reason to believe that perhaps a trade deal or at least a partial trade deal might be announced as early as tomorrow", said Robert Pavlik, chief investment strategist at SlateStone Wealth LLC in NY.

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"In my opinion, China wants to make a deal more than I do", Trump added.

Beijing has been reluctant to make the kind of substantive policy reforms that would satisfy the administration.

"Because the Chinese Communist Party is not interested in a comprehensive deal".

American consumers, often cited as holding up the global economy, are growing increasingly anxious about the trade war with China.

Washington accuses China of attempting to dominate global industry through massive state intervention in markets, theft of intellectual property, hacking and subsidies, accusations shared by Europe and Japan.

Still, the S&P 500 and Dow Jones indexes were set for their fourth straight weekly fall after taking a hit from the recently announced weak economic data and irritants in the U.S.

Chinese Vice Premier Liu He leaves the trade negotiations.

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