On the last day of 2018, US stock markets showed a significant increase, responding to the comments of Donald Trump.

The President of the United States said that on Saturday he had a conversation with Chinese President Xi Jiping on trade issues and the parties made great progress. Trump said that if a trade deal is prepared, it will be comprehensive and cover all contentious issues. The Wall Street Journal reported, citing the sources, that representatives of the United States and China are starting to develop a trade deal that could ease tensions between countries.

On the first day of the new year, trading was not conducted, and on Wednesday, January 2, the indices held the first trading session - 2019 in positive territory, because of the growth of the conglomerates sector and the base materials sector. In addition, US President Trump said that the stock market had “failed”, and the quotations will move to growth after the conclusion of a new trade agreement with China. Certain pressure on the markets was made by the data on China and the United States. The PMI index for the manufacturing sector of China from Caixin in December, the index fell to 49.7 points, for the first time since May 2017, being below the 50 points mark, which separates the growth in activity from its decline. Meanwhile, the December PMI for the US manufacturing sector reached its lows in more than 12 months, while the confidence of American manufacturers fell to its lowest level since October 2016.

The next day, the dynamics changed the direction and the US stock markets declined markedly. The reason was the largest drop in the key indicator of enterprise activity over the past ten years, which caused predictable negative reaction from investors. Market participants did not fully digest the news from Apple about the decline in profits. Apple CEO Tim Cook on Thursday published a letter to investors in which he lowered the forecast for technology giant revenues in the first quarter to $ 84 billion from $ 89- $ 93 billion previously expected. The company also reduced gross margin expectations to about 38%, compared to 38% - 38.5% previously predicted. Apple blamed a number of factors for lowering forecasts, including the weakness of the Chinese economy and disappointing iPhone revenues. Meanwhile, a report published by the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) showed that in December, activity in the US manufacturing sector sharply decreased, and turned out to be lower than economists' forecasts. The manufacturing PMI fell in December to 54.1 points from 59.3 points in November. The index reached a minimum since August 2016 and recorded the largest decline since 2008. Analysts had expected this figure to drop to 57.8 points.

The week, however, ended with positive dynamic. Market participants responded to a good report on jobs in the United States, plans for new trade negotiations between the United States and China, as well as the comments from Fed Chairman Powell. American employers hired the largest number of workers in 10 months in December, while raising wages, which can help dispel the recent surge in health concerns about the economy that excited financial markets. Last month, the number of jobs in the non-agricultural sector increased by 312,000, which is the largest increase since February, as employment at construction sites has sharply decreased amid cold weather.

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