US stock futures fall on report China wants more talks before signing ‘phase one’ trade deal

Fred Imbert and Sam Meredith for CNBC:

U.S. stock index futures fell Monday after Bloomberg reported China said it needed to have further discussions before it would sign off on the so-called phase one trade deal U.S. President Donald Trump touted on Friday.

The report, which cites people familiar with the matter, said Chinese Vice Premier Liu He may lead a delegation as soon as month’s end to iron out the details of “phase one” before President Xi Jinping agrees to it. China wants Trump to also scrap a planned tariff hike in December in addition to the hike scheduled for this week, the report added…

The partial deal — which covers agriculture, currency and some aspects of intellectual property protections — represents the first step forward to end the trade war in 15 months.

MacDailyNews Take: Hopefully, further talks will cement the details all allow the pact to get written and signed so that a greater degree of balance can be achieved between the U.S. and China.

I’m cognizant that in both the U.S. and China, there have been cases where everyone hasn’t benefited, where the benefit hasn’t been balanced. My belief is that one plus one equals three. The pie gets larger, working together. — Apple CEO Tim Cook, March 24, 2018

At least half of the popular fallacies about economics come from assuming that economic activity is a zero-sum game, in which what is gained by someone is lost by someone else. But transactions would not continue unless both sides gained, whether in international trade, employment, or renting an apartment. — Thomas Sowell, June 14, 2006


  1. Gee. Another “major deal” announced as done by Pres. Trump in the midst of other bad news swirling around him that turns out to be not done at all.

    Who could have seen that coming?

    1. The odd thing about the quote is how MDN is using it. The idea that trade is an exchange, not a zero sum game, is straight out of Adam Smith and David Ricardo… but they were using it AGAINST exactly the sort of economic isolationism and protectionist policies that both the 1930s America First Movement and its contemporary echo were founded upon.

    2. JC: What exactly is so unreasonable about the Sowell quote? I’d call it elemental economics, or at least a part of elemental econ. Per your “claptrap” addition, maybe you’d dislike anything he’d say, regardless of its relevance.

  2. JC has a Jesus complex: he thinks he’s heaven-sent to set us all straight and to admit our sins. Anyone who think Sowell’s writings are “claptrap” is logically impoverished. Take a walk Tx and JC because your biases are apparent to all clear thinking persons.

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