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Traders fixate on Donald Trump’s twitter everywhere, except in China

China’s traders are less obsessed over Donald trump’s tweets about China.(AP photo)

One country where traders are less obsessed over President Donald Trump’s tweets about China, is China.

While their counterparts elsewhere grapple with the impact of Trump’s Twitter tirades, equity traders in China don’t have easy access given the service is blocked there. They aren’t rushing for work-arounds such as VPNs either, and say Trump’s tweets — often occurring out of trading hours — are having less impact on China’s equity markets than before.

“It’s pointless following him too closely — he might say something today and it will be a whole different story tomorrow,” Zhang Haidong, a fund manager at Jinkuang Investment Management in Shanghai, said of Trump on Twitter. “Trading off his tweets alone would be too volatile.”

That sentiment is wishful thinking for global traders who’ve become accustomed to market-moving tweet-bombs on everything from China and North Korea to Inc. and Harley-Davidson Inc. In remarks to reporters last month, Trump played down his impact on asset prices, saying “don’t tell me about 600 points” in response to that day’s US stock decline after a tirade.

But since then tweets have had decreasing impact. The Shanghai Composite Index rose as much as 0.6% Wednesday as traders shrugged off Trump’s Tuesday tweet that said a trade deal with China would be much tougher if he’s re-elected. Declines on the gauge were also limited to 1.4% when Trump announced more tariffs in early August and later that month. The 50 day volatility measure is now near the lowest since February last year.

“People have very low expectations for a trade war resolution and valuations have fully priced that in,” said Fu Gang, a fund manager with Shanghai River East Asset Management Advisory Ltd.

China’s Shanghai Composite Index is up 18% for the year despite the trade war’s twists and turns. The gauge has risen 1.8% this week, even amid the latest escalation. Forex traders have had a tougher time, with the yuan enduring its worst month versus the dollar on record in August.

“When the trade war first started, the market fluctuated as people reacted emotionally,” said Elle Shi, fund manager at Manulife Teda Fund Management Co. “Now everyone recognizes this will be a long-term negotiation process.”

“I’m growing numb to all this,” said Liang Jinxin, a strategist with Tianfeng Securities Co. “Just buy when the markets drop on the bad news, as you know that will be followed by good news after a while.”

(The story has been published from a wire feed without any modifications to the text.)


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