White house not considering three-month tariff deposit deferment: Navarro

The White House’s top trade market rejected on Tuesday that the Trump administration was considering a three-month deferral of tariff payments on imported exported goods to lighten the pain of the economic decline caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Industry groups that represented domestic manufacturers and labor unions said that some U.S. corporate interests were seeking to convince the administration and the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency to embracement a deferment.

White house not considering three-month tariff deposit deferment: Navarro

Americans for a Prosperous America wrote in a letter to CBP Acting Commissioner Mark Morgan of its “deepest concern with the most recent information that your community is providing deferment duties on imports and exports and is also considering allowing a 90-day deferment for all duties.”

The group, chaired by former Nucor Corp CEO Dan Dimicco, a former advisor to President Donald Trump, said such a moratorium “harms U.S. producers who were injured by unfair imports and exports are now harmed by the coronavirus pandemic.”

Bloomberg recently reported that CBP and other agencies were discussing the proposal for a deferment, citing anonymous people familiar with the discussions and related information.

Trump’s top trade advisor and marketer, Peter Navarro, denied the report and said it was relied on unnamed sources with “no proper visibility into trade and security policy in this administration.”

“This is fake news,” Navarro, known for his hawkish viewpoints on China, told News services. “The Trump tariffs and rates have been an important and most significant defense against China’s economic state and its aggression, and we are stronger and independent today because they do exist. Lifting the tariffs would simply enrich the country at the outlay of American workers.”

“It was providing some importers extra days to pay duties, taxes, and fees on imported goods “due to the severity of the novel coronavirus disease pandemic,” CBP said on Friday.

A CBP spokeswoman rejected the comment.

Scott Paul, president of the Alliance for American Manufacturing, a group led by the United Steelworkers union and domestic manufacturers, said his group aggressively went against the step being taken by anti-tariffs groups.

“The same alliance that pushed for ending the massive tariffs — and got nowhere — is now pushing forward to this,” Paul told Reuters. “We know they have lobbied the congressional leadership and administration. We are undoubtedly opposed to this.”

Paul’s group sent a similar letter to CBP’s Morgan, arguing such a move would lead to an increase in imports and exports that would hurt U.S. manufacturers at a time when they are struggling to survive the current economic crisis and deflation.

Another industry official noted that broadly distributed lockdowns would curve in consumer’s demand and result in dropping imports and exports, irrespective of what was done with tariff plans and rates.

No comment was immediately responded from the U.S. Trade Representative’s office.

Earlier this month, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the Trump administration was not considering massive relief from import tariff plans on Chinese goods to lighten economic pain from the coronavirus pandemic.

The U.S. economy has been struck by the coronavirus pandemic and also faced deflation. Democratic and Republican lawmakers were trying on Tuesday to hammer out a deal on a $2 trillion stimulus package to limit the damage caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Trump last week recommended the Defense Production Act, which would allow the U.S. government to fasten the production of equipment needed to fight the contagion and buck up the losses. However, Trump has claimed that he does not need to use the law because many companies have offered to produce ventilators, sanitizers, and other items.

Investors look back to 2008 for instructions regarding when to give a comeback.

Investment banks are washing away models from the 2008 financial crisis to pinpoint the correct time to buy back securities into stock markets that have dumped 30% from their February record highs because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Investors look back to 2008 for instructions regarding when to give a comeback.

That influenza point is not easy to model because of the widespread of the coronavirus crisis not only in Europe and the United States but in the entire world.

But the U.S. government’s $2 trillion in influenza stimulus, coming on top of unheard-of measures from the U.S. Federal Reserve and other central banks on Tuesday, embarked one of the sharpest global equity market rallies in past few decades.

Wall Street’s so-called fear pinpoint, the Cboe Volatility Index, has also deflated.

Veteran investor Bill Ackman told owners in his listed Pershing fund that he had turned into an increase in securities and credit, and taken off boundaries he put in place in early March when markets first started having cratered.

He claimed Pershing was “reassembling our capital in companies we love at bargain prices that are constructed to hold up strong against this crisis.”

Goldman Sachs’ viewpoint was that this week’s record stock market rally had been led by “underweight” sectors, suggesting many funds had been covering short positions. Indeed, energy, travel, and auto stocks were Tuesday’s biggest gainers.

At Morgan Stanley, Andrew Sheets, head of cross-asset strategy, said in these situations, including in 2008, markets often trough well before the crisis actually ends.

From the 2008 trough, there followed a decade of remarkable gains that added more than $25 trillion to global equity value.

The market won’t need to see a peak in U.S. coronavirus cases, it just needs to see some validation of the path, and it needs to be happy with the trail,” Sheets said.

But so far, he remains underweight credit and has only been on the edges, which enhanced equity exposure.

JPMorgan says there is more than one way of calculating it, especially given to the innovative nature of the pandemic, which hit the real economy first, with financial markets following.

John Normand, JPM’s head of cross-asset strategy, said one model suggested now is the time to re-enter — a quarter before the breakdown is likely to end. His view is that the coronavirus-induced pandemic will be “undoubtedly deep but also possibly the briefest-ever.”

Normand also said owners could wait for “green shoots” or proofs of an actual upturn — mirrored in a trough for JPMorgan’s global Purchasing Managers Index.

A third, valuation-based model claims a “Buy” signal when risk increased across many of the asset classes come to specific “deep value” thresholds terminal.

Norman said the latter two models were not yet reporting it was time to buy.

Specifically, U.S. and European stock valuations based on a 12-month forward price-to-earnings ratio now have tucked in well below historical averages, according to Refinitiv research.

Meanwhile, credit markets are still sending tribulation signals. In essence, yields on junk-rated U.S. bonds are around 9% currently compared to 6% a month ago, meaning many companies may find it hard to service debt.

In Europe, an index of European credit default exchanges, ITEXO5Y=MG that measure the default risk of a basket of sub-investment grade companies, is off its peaks but remains inflated at around 520 basis points, almost double end-February levels.

The crisis in 2008 was a long one — some economists faced problems this time as a turnaround in global growth will come by the third quarter overall.

Yet some also warned that markets are only now coming to grips with how deep a potential downturn could be.

 

Tokyo Governor says to stay indoors and battle against the pandemic.

Residents of Tokyo formed long-standing queues at supermarkets and shopping malls on Friday, in preparation for a weekend at home, after Tokyo’s governor announced that people of Tokyo must stay indoors for a while to overcome the widely spreading pandemic. The governor’s aim to avoid unessential, unnecessary outings till the 12th of April, and this weekend especially expected an enormous crowd in the markets for supplies of everything from basic needs to noodles from toiletries to fresh produce, irrespective of the warnings against the announcement.

Tokyo Governor says to stay indoors and battle against the pandemic.

“The government should stress more on the point where the convenience stores must be kept open, more strongly,” she told new services, adding to favor her point that the supplies should be kept up to 2 weeks prior in stock.

Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike claimed for an unpopulated environment while stressing more on her request to avoid public gatherings at the weekend. “I hereby announce that you can go to supermarkets to buy edibles or medications or go to hospitals,” she said in a city government meeting. She said, “I would like to request citizens of Tokyo for calm behavior.”

The increase in the spread of the disease this week, with 40 new victims on Friday, has carried Tokyo’s patients to 299.

While the figure is not so high for a capital city of nearly 14 million people, professionals have warned of a highly problematic circumstances of an “overshoot,” or explosive increase, since officials have not been able to trace all the contacts of more than half the newest victims of the coronavirus pandemic.

Tokyo has also requested people not to gather in parks for any kind of viewing of springtime cherry blossoms, which is their tradition and plans to shut down the entire city for two weeks.

Koike requested people to wait until next year to watch the cherry blossoms; he also said: “The cherry blossoms will bloom again next year.”

Tokyo government declared that all the parks of cherry blossoms would be shut down until further notice to avoid the public to gather and thus break the chain of the spread in coronavirus pandemic.

The governor of Japan’s Osaka prefecture, Hirofumi Yoshimura, asked residents on Friday to stay at home quarantine and self-isolate themselves from making unessential outings this weekend, Kyodo news reported, joining Tokyo.

Japan’s virus pandemics have climbed to more than 1,400, with 47 deaths, excluding those from a cruise ship quarantined last month. Globally, infections have topped half a million, with more than 24,000 deaths.

Japan does not yet declared a state of emergency. However, Abe said, if the spread-chain continues, then he could prompt a 21-day lockdown of regions with numerous infections.

Meanwhile, Tokyo is a crowded pace where people touch elbow-to-elbow in public transports. Thus this becomes one of the expected usual ways to spread the virus pandemic among the entire population of Tokyo.

A truck driver said he had worked 12- to 13-hour shifts each day for the past month, delivering toilet paper and tissue to drug stores, compared to five-day weeks of 9 to 10-hour shifts before the hoarding began.

“It’s been tough,” he told Reuters, declining to give his name. “This job involves a lot of lifting, so I don’t know how long my body can last at this pace.”

Others worried about losing work as economic activity slows.

S and P rallies as investors await $2 trillion aid package

The S&P 500 rallied for a second continuous session on Wednesday as the U.S. Senate was found near a vote on a $2 trillion package to rapport businesses and households destroyed by the coronavirus crisis.

S and P rallies as investors await $2 trillion aid package

Wall Street cut off hefty gains late in the session after reports increased doubts about how rapidly the bill might pass, but the S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average still ended up more than 1% and 2%, mainly.

Boeing increased 24%, bringing its income over the past three sessions to almost 70%, as owners and investors bet on government rapport for the aerospace industry as well as airlines. American Airlines Group (AAL.O), United Airlines Holding (UAL.O), and Delta Air Lines (DAL.N) each jumped more than 10%.

Wednesday benchmarked the first time since Feb. 12 that S&P 500 climbed two days in a row. Even after its late-day playback from its heights, the Dow’s 14% increment over two sessions was its most durable two-day percent performance since 1987.

“What the fiscal taxes and monetary stimulus has done is to allow the market to recover,” said Justin Hoogendoorn, head of fixed revenue strategy at Piper Jaffray in Chicago. “It’s not because the central street community is bucking up. It’s the institutional crowd being able to say, ‘the world isn’t falling apart.”

Meanwhile, Senator Bernie Sanders, an independent person who is running for the Democratic presidential nomination, said he was prepared to put a hold on the bill unless a group of Republican senators drops their objections to language on jobless benefits in the legislation.

Top House Republican Kevin McCarthy said he wanted House members to have at least an entire day after the Senate vote to review the bill.

With fears of a global disaster and corporate defaults running high, and expectations of a continued increase in cases of the disaster caused by the new coronavirus in the United States, many owners remained wavering to call an end to Wall Street’s recent, staggering selloff.

We are still in a phase where we need to be cautious,” warned Rob Haworth, senior investment strategist for U.S. Bank Wealth Management. “We don’t yet know when these social distancing measures will end, and the evidence, for now, is that they will continue to expand.”

Data due on Thursday is likely to show U.S. weekly jobless claims increasing to 1 million as companies announce layoffs and as state-wide lockdowns force businesses to shutter stores.

Apple Inc (AAPL.O) fell late in the session, closing down 0.55% after Nikkei reported the company could delay the launch of an iPhone with 5G wireless technology.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average.DJI rose 2.39% to end at 21,200.55 points, while the S&P 500.SPX gained 1.15% to 2,475.56.

The Nasdaq Composite.IXIC dropped 0.45% to 7,384.30, giving up its earlier gains.

The S&P 500 remains down about 27% from its February record high, a loss of more than $7 trillion in stock market value.

Royal Caribbean Cruises (RCL.N) and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NCLH.N) each rallied about 23%. Both companies have been among the hardest hit from the pandemic.

Advancing issues outnumbered declining ones on the NYSE by a 4.55-to-1 ratio; on Nasdaq, a 2.02-to-1 ratio favored advancers.

The S&P 500 posted no new 52-week highs and four new lows; the Nasdaq Composite recorded four new highs and 57 new lows.

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