Top 5 Things To Know In The Market On Monday

1. Trade War Rhetoric Heats Up

Escalating trade rhetoric will keep investors on their toes this week after President Donald Trump issued a stark warning to the United States’ trading partners on Sunday, calling on other countries to end to all trade barriers or face a new round of retaliatory measures.

2. Trump Targets Chinese Investment

President Trump plans to bar many Chinese companies from investing in U.S. tech and to block additional technology exports to China, The Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday evening, citing people familiar with the matter.

The two measures are set to be announced by the end of the week, and are intended to counter Beijing’s Made in China 2025 — a Chinese initiative to be a global leader in technology.

3. Dow Futures Drop More Than 150 Points

The trading week was set to kick off on a downbeat note on Wall Street, with U.S. stock futures pointing to sharp losses at the open, as worries over a brewing trade war between the U.S. and its major trading partners kept buyers on the sidelines.

4. Dollar Steadies Below 11-Month Peak

Away from equities, the U.S. dollar index was little changed to trade at 94.25, climbing from an earlier low of 94.12. Still, the index, which measures the greenback against a basket of six major currencies, was below an 11-month high of 95.22 reached in the previous week.

5. Oil Markets Stay Volatile After OPEC’s Output Deal

Crude oil markets remained volatile as energy investors continued to react to last week’s decision by major producers to start pumping more crude to compensate for losses in global production.

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