Global stocks slide on Trump's trade threats

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Published on June 3, 2019 - Duration: 01:52s

Global stocks slide on Trump's trade threats

London's main stock market index fell almost 1 percent to a near 12-week low on Monday as an exchange of trade threats between Washington and Beijing stoked fears of a slide into recession within a year, as economic data from Asia again disappointed.

Pascale Davies reports.


Global stocks slide on Trump's trade threats

It's a new month, but the same trade angst seen in May is still wrecking havoc on the global economy.

London's FTSE 100 down over 1% on Monday, a near twelve week low.

Britain's other index the FTSE 250 wasn't helped either, shares in the British builder group Kier crashed 40% after a profit warning.

European stocks-also not off to a good start to the week.

The pan-European STOXX 600 down by 0.6%, with Germany's DAX, which is sensitive to trade risks, down 0.7%, a two month low.


Unfortunately that's the situation.

Mr. Trump wants to run for U.S. president again and so he needs ammunition.

The problem is, the Chinese are shooting back.".

Trade fears have grown since President Donald Trump threatened to impose tariffs on all Mexican goods on Friday.

And over the weekend, China warned the U.S. not to meddle in security disputes over Taiwan and the South China Sea.

The escalating trade battle has hit Asian shares particularly hard.

Data released on Monday showed Asia-pacific shares shed about 6.2% in May, the biggest fall since October 2018.

And other sectors vulnerable to the trade dispute were also affected.

Oil giants saw a 1% fall with Shell and BP the biggest losers among blue-chip shares.

Investors will be hoping for some respite this week as Trump visits the UK.

But that may prove difficult as he lands into Brexit uncertainty and as Prime Minister Theresa May steps down on Friday.

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