The Chinese are coming to this table and while we might be miles away from an agreement, that is just one more concern for what could turn out to be a teetering Chinese economy.
This uncertainty will produce less trending action and more choppiness as earnings season continues.
Until the earnings blackout period ends and trade talks conclude with China, we are in a news vacuum that could cause the market to stagnate and drift lower.
Global economic weakness just adds to the pressure, here is what the Chinese should do.
The Lord is said to work in mysterious ways and so does the Hong Kong stock market, where the reasons behind wild swings in individual stocks are often hard to nail down.
Trim consumer-related shares and emphasize those that are related to secular growth trends that aren't going to let up even if the government shutdown drags on.
With no resolution yet to the Trade War, investors have no choice but to focus on the weakening trend evident in Chinese data.
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Rather than try to understand the inner workings of politicians, focus on earnings and fundamentals.
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