So what are markets going to trade on now that the U.S. and China have reached a trade pact?
That’s not just a flip comment. Oliver Jones, senior markets economist at Capital Economics, examined the correlation between sentiment on international trade tensions and stock market performance.
To do so, he made a simple chart of Google searches and Bloomberg News stories comparing those containing “trade deal” with those containing “trade war.”
The results showed some, if not an air-tight, connection to markets.
“The lack of a further boost [from U.S.-China trade relations] should also contribute to cyclical sectors outperforming their defensive peers by a bit less in 2020. Meanwhile, the analysis above suggests that the impact will probably be felt most in China’s equity market,” he told clients.