Wall Street Breakfast: Global Markets Suffer As U.S.-China Dispute Intensifies

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U.S. stock futures point to a lower open as trade tensions escalate. China's vice premier arrives in Washington for trade talks even as the country warns that it will retaliate if President Trump makes good on his threat to boost tariffs on Chinese goods Friday. Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index closed down 2.4%, and the Shanghai Composite Index fell 1.5% after China reported weaker-than-expected lending data for April. Major indexes are also falling in Europe. Crude oil, down 0.5%, also got caught up in the downdraft. Meanwhile, investors have turned to safe havens. The 10-year Treasury has rallied, pushing yield down almost 4 basis points to 2.45%. U.S. economic data on tap this morning include international trade, producer price index and wholesale trade.

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