Fresh Hong Kong protests raise fears of clashes

President Tsai Ing-wen

As many people in Hong Kong have pointed out, the ordinance amendment issues have changed in their essence, and now bear the features of a "color revolution", said Zhang Xiaoming, director of the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the State Council last Wednesday.

FILE PHOTO: The London Stock Exchange Group offices are seen in the City of London, Britain, December 29, 2017. But they continue to worry that U.S. President Donald Trump's impending September 1 tariff hike on more Chinese imports will scuttle talks aimed at ending their trade war.

Further, President Trump said Friday that it would be "fine" if US-China negotiations planned for next month were called off, adding that he's "not ready to make a deal".

Safe havens are "still in demand on trade war anxiety", said Alfonso Esparza of Oanda in a report.

Concerns that a trade deal would not be reached before the 2020 US presidential election grew after Goldman Sachs on Sunday became the latest to cut its USA growth outlook and warn a trade stand-off would fester past the election.

The Hang Seng index was unchanged at 25,941.79, while the Hong Kong China Enterprises Index gained 0.5%, to 10,046.56. Tokyo was closed for a holiday.

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Those comments helped to drive a late sell-off in a volatile session that saw the Dow Jones Industrial Average fall 0.34%, the S&P 500 lose 0.66% and the Nasdaq Composite drop 1%. After giving up some gains on Friday, the precious metal was higher on Monday, rising 0.18 per cent to $1,499.52 per ounce. The contract rose $1.94 on Friday to close at $54.40.

The investment bank has revised lower its forecast for the U.S. fourth-quarter gross domestic product by 0.2 percentage points to 1.8%.

On Monday, Australian shares dipped 0.17% and Indonesian shares fell 0.53% while the South Korean market reversed early losses to rise 0.37%.

Worldwide benchmark Brent crude futures rose 4 cents to settle at $58.57 a barrel while U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) futures gained 43 cents to settle at $54.93 a barrel. Brent crude, used to price worldwide oils, shed 34 cents to $58.19 per barrel in London.

Consumer firms also shined, as bellwether Moutai led with a 4.5% gain in the sector after brokerage raised its share target price to 1,200 yuan. The euro ticked down slightly to $1.1193 from $1.1201.

The yen rose to its highest against the dollar since March 2018 - barring a flash crash in January - gaining 0.37% versus the greenback at 105.30 per dollar.

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