04.12 - U.S. Tax reform approval push markets higher
A new trading week kicks off with a lot of developments from all around the globe. In the U.S., stocks and the Dollar are rising after the tax reform plan by Trump’s administration was approved over the weekend. Elsewhere, EU and UK leaders are meeting to talk about the Brexit deal terms. Here are the top things that will affect today’s trading in financial markets.
Over the weekend, U.S. Senate Republicans pushed through a sweeping overhaul on tax reform to move the legislation closer to approval by the end of the year.
Early Saturday morning, the Senate passed a $1.4 trillion package of tax cuts which they expect to be paid for through economic growth. Independent studies have suggested that it will actually increase the federal deficit by around $1 trillion over the next 10 years, even after factoring in the growth calculations.
The tax bill includes a hefty cut to the U.S. corporation tax, bringing it down from 35% to 20%. It also includes sweeping changes to individual tax rates which President Donald Trump claims will make people “very, very happy”, although detractors proclaim that only the wealthiest will benefit from the reform.
House and Senate lawmakers have said they’ll begin working Monday on compromise tax-overhaul legislation in order to bring the two separate proposals together into one final tax bill that Trump could sign into law.
U.S. futures pointed to a higher open on Monday as traders applauded the agreement to cut corporate taxes.
At 11:05 GMT, the blue-chip Dow futures gained 209 points, or 0.86%, S&P 500 futures rose 15 points, or 0.58%, while the Nasdaq 100 futures traded up 28 points, or 0.43%.
The bullish sentiment spread across the continent with European equities trading higher near midday trade. The benchmark Euro Stoxx 50 and Germany’s DAX were both up around 1%.
Earlier, Asian shares, however, showed mixed trade with both China’s Shanghai Composite and Japan’s Nikkei closing in the red.
The dollar was higher against a basket of the other major currencies on Monday after the U.S. Senate passed a tax bill at the weekend, boosting expectations for a faster pace of rate hikes from the Federal Reserve.
At 11:06 GMT, the U.S. dollar index, which measures the greenback’s strength against a trade-weighted basket of six major currencies, gained 0.44% at 93.22.
The dollar was boosted by expectations that tax cuts for corporations will stimulate the U.S. economy, and also drive Treasury yields higher, as the government becomes more dependent on debt due to reduced tax income.
In a light day for economic data, market participants will keep an eye on October factory orders out at 15:00 GMT.
British negotiators were locked in last-minute talks with their European Union and Irish counterparts on Monday, trying to put together a Brexit deal ahead of talks scheduled for lunchtime.
UK Prime Minister Theresa May hopes that her talks with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and his Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, due to start at 12:15 GMT, can persuade her 27 fellow EU leaders that "sufficient progress" has been made on divorce terms for them to agree next week to open talks on their future trade relationship.
EU leaders are scheduled to hold a summit on December 14 and 15.
- by Roger Gain