Navarro, a White House adviser, made the comment to Fox after an exchange with the interviewer that reviewed Trump administration complaints with China’s handling of the coronavirus. He also said that China “lied” about the virus and that China policy would be a key plank in the November presidential election.
“Geopolitics are coming to the fore now once again,” said Jingyi Pan, a market strategist at IG Asia Pte. “We are seeing the switch flipped back to risk off.”
The swings in risk assets Tuesday followed what had been a constructive session on Wall Street Monday, when equities climbed as investors continued to bet on companies with strong balance sheets and better prospects in work-from-home economy. The Nasdaq 100 jumped more than 1%, and the Nasdaq Composite capped a seventh straight advance in its longest rally of the year.
Influential investors had added to the positive sentiment prior to Navarro’s comments. Steve Schwarzman, chief executive officer of Blackstone Group Inc., said the economy is likely to benefit from a V-type recovery in the next few months, though getting back to 2019 level will take “quite a while.” Hedge fund manager Bill Ackman said he sees gradual improvement on all fronts with so many resources poured into the health-care crisis.
Here are some key events coming up:
- MSCI Inc. on Tuesday announces its market classification review for 2020.
- The IMF will release new 2020 growth projections on Wednesday.
- U.S. jobless claims, durable goods and GDP data are due Thursday.
- A rebalance of Russell indexes is due on Friday.
These are the main moves in markets:
- S&P 500 futures declined 0.3% as of 11:05 a.m. in Tokyo. The S&P 500 Index climbed 0.7%.
- Topix index was up 0.3%.
- Hang Seng Index fell 0.1%.
- Shanghai Composite Index fell 0.2%.
- Kospi Index rose 0.2%.
- The Japanese yen was at 106.93 per dollar.
- The offshore yuan fell 0.1% to 7.0669 per dollar.
- The euro was little changed at $1.1259.
- The yield on 10-year Treasuries fell about one basis point to 0.70%.
- Australian 10-year yields ticked up to 0.89%.
- West Texas Intermediate crude slid 1% to $40.34 a barrel.
- Gold rose 0.1% to $1,756 an ounce.