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Trump and Xi set to meet at G20 to talk trade: Morning Brief

Friday, June 28, 2019

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The highly-anticipated G20 summit kicks off today in Osaka, Japan.

All eyes are on U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping as the two leaders prepare to meet for extended trade talks over a lunch meeting on Saturday. Ahead of Trump and Xi’s meeting, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Chinese Vice Premier Liu He are expected to meet, according to the Wall Street Journal. And, Xi is reportedly planning to attend the meeting with prepared terms for further trade negotiations.

In theory, if the trade discussions play out well at the G20 between Trump and Xi, that would put a pause on the looming tariffs set to go into effect on the remaining $300 billion worth of Chinese goods. However, on Thursday, Trump’s top economic advisor Larry Kudlow said in an interview with Fox News that no official agreements have been made, and the U.S. may green light the remaining tariffs.

Meanwhile, beer giant Constellation Brands (STZ) is the only major company to report earnings before the market opens. Analysts expect the company to report adjusted earnings of $2.05 per share on $2.07 billion of revenue, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

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