Week In Review: How Trump's Policies Moved Stocks - May 26, 2019

Shoe retailers urge Trump to halt raising tariffs as White House considers blacklisting Chinese video surveillance companies

Catch up on the top industries and stocks that were impacted, or were predicted to be impacted, by the comments, actions and policies of President Donald Trump and his administration with this weekly recap compiled by The Fly:

1. U.S.-CHINA TRADE TALKS:China ambassador to the U.S., Cui Tiankai, has indicated that Beijing "remains ready to continue talks with our American colleagues to reach a conclusion," Reuters' David Lawder and Makini Brice reported. Cui, however, also added that, “the U.S. side more than once changed its mind overnight and broke the tentative deal already reached."

2. CHINESE COMPANIES BLACKLISTED: According to media reports, several U.S. companies, including Google (GOOGL) and Microsoft (MSFT), have suspended business with Huawei after Trump's administration placed the latter on a blacklist. Meanwhile, Bloomberg's Jenny Leonard and Nick Wadhams reported earlier this week that the U.S. is considering blacklisting as many as five Chinese video surveillance companies, such as HIKvision and Dahua Technology, from buying U.S. technology. Morgan Stanley analyst Joseph Moore estimated that Ambarella's (AMBA) total revenue exposure from sale of video processing chips to HIKvision is likely in the high teens percentage of sales. ON semiconductor (ON) has "small" exposure to HIKvision, with low single digit percentage of sales within its industrial segment, according to Moore.

3. TARIFFS ON FOOTWEAR: Over 170 shoe retailers - including Nike (NKE), Adidas (ADDYY), Under Armour (UAA, UA) and Foot Locker (FL) - have sent a letter to the White House urging Donald Trump to consider a halt in raising tariffs on footwear imported from China, CNBC's Lauren Thomas reported earlier this week. The retailers called on Trump to "immediately remove footwear" from being considered for additional taxation in the letter, saying that, "While U.S. tariffs on all consumer goods average just 1.9%, they average 11.3% for footwear and reach rates as high as 67.5%. Adding a 25% tax increase on top of these tariffs would mean some working American families could pay a nearly 100% duty on their shoes. This is unfathomable."

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Moon Kil Woong 1 year ago Contributor's comment

Sadly with no deals being made for 3 years and taxes going up on consumers with tariffs this is getting very old for everyone. Sure it wins some points for those who think this is the US fighting foreign countries, however, in reality it's just US consumers and farmers getting hurt. Te Chinese trade deficit hasn't gone down in any meaningful way and the US deficit is ballooning. We need to take care of our finances at home rather than blaming our partners and taxing our people because Congress gave up its power over tariffs. For one thing, Congress needs to reign in the President's ability to tax via tariffs.