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Analysts at Danske Bank note that the trade war between the US and China escalated on Friday as Washington and Beijing imposed tariffs on USD34bn worth of goods on each other.

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“President Trump indicated that tariffs would be imposed on a further USD16bn worth of imports, followed by USD200bn and then USD300bn, encompassing China’s exports to the US in their entirety. Neither side appears to be backing down. Risk assets took the escalation in their stride.”

The US jobs report published on Friday was mixed, with an increase in non-farm payrolls, but soft wage growth figures.  Non-farm payrolls beat expectations and came in at 213,000, while average hourly earnings decelerated and came in below expectations, at 0.2% m/m. The jobless rate increased from 3.8% to 4.0%. We still expect the US to hike rates twice, bringing the total number of hikes to four in 2018.”

The UK cabinet unravels.  Brexit Secretary David Davis and his Deputy Steve Baker have resigned. The resignations come two days after Prime Minister Theresa May thought she had won a crucial victory over Brexit hardliners when her plan for establishing free movement of industrial and agricultural goods was signed off. Free trade over goods would resolve the prickly problem concerning the border with Ireland.”

“Market action.  USD is weaker on the mixed US job report but majors will stay focused on trade war developments this week: escalation should on net be USD positive but there are mounting Fed concerns that could dampen the possible impact. The recent GBP strength has been challenged by disarray in the British cabinet over  May’s Brexit plan, but mind the  stream of  UK activity data this week, key to the Bank of England.”