Stocks- U.S. Futures Fall as China Announces Tariffs on U.S. Goods
Investing.com – U.S. Futures pointed to a lower opening bell on Monday, as investor worry over a trade war resurfaced after China increased tariffs up to 25% on American goods.
The was down six and a half points or 0.26% to 2,636.25 as of 6:44 AM ET (10:44 GMT) while decreased 74 points or 0.31% to 24,073.0. Meanwhile tech heavy fell 39 points or 0.60% to 6,554.25.
On Sunday by 25% on 128 different U.S. products including pork, wine, nuts and seamless steel pipes, in response to trade tariffs from the U.S. The news has increased trade tensions between the two biggest economies in the world and risen investor fear of a trade war.
The White House is expected to list Chinese imports that will be tariffed, which is expected to include about $50 billion to $60 billion worth of technology products.
Luxury car-maker Tesla (NASDAQ:) was down 3.40% in pre-market trading after reports that a fatal car crash involving one of its Model X cars was on autopilot. Shares of the firm have already fallen 30% in the last month.
Meanwhile Facebook (NASDAQ:) inched down 0.19% as it continued to face criticism of a third party targeting 50 million users without their knowledge. Semiconductor Micron Technology Inc (NASDAQ:) dipped 0.56% while American Capital (NASDAQ:) slumped 6.28% and Frontier Communications Corp (NASDAQ:) fell 2.09%.
Elsewhere Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba (NYSE:) rose 1.23% while Apple (NASDAQ:) inched up 0.18%.
On the data front, the is due at 9:45 AM ET (13:45 GMT) while the is out at 10:00 AM ET (14:00 GMT). Investors will also be listening to Minneapolis Fed President Neel Kashkari who is speaking at a student town hall in Minnesota later in the day.
In Europe, stocks were closed for the Easter Monday holiday.
In commodities, rose 0.61% to $1,335.40 a troy ounce while futures was up 0.38% to $65.19 a barrel. The which measures the greenback against a basket of six major currencies, decreased 0.20% to 89.57.
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