1. Trade talks conclude: The current round of trade talks between the United States and China have concluded in Beijing, according to China's Foreign Ministry.
It was the first round of face-to-face meetings between American and Chinese officials since President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, called a truce in the trade war.
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On Tuesday, it was announced the talks would be extended for a third day, a decision that was interpreted as a sign that discussions were moving in a positive direction.
The key question is whether a deal can be achieved before March 1, when Trump has threatened to impose another round of tariffs and to raise duties on imports to 25% from 10%.
2. Xiaomi plunge: Shares in Xiaomi dropped 7% in Hong Kong to reach a record low. The Chinese smartphone maker is now trading 40% below its IPO price.
Wednesday was the first day that some investors were able to unload shares following the company's stock market debut in July.
The wave of selling was met with a promise from Xiaomi's chief executive and chief financial officer to not sell their shares for at least another year.
They said in a statement that the decision was made "for the purpose of expressing their confidence in the long term value of the company."
Xiaomi's stock suffered some collateral damage after its rival Apple warned last week that iPhone sales in China would be lower than expected.
3. Fed minutes: The US Federal Reserve will release minutes from its December meeting on Wednesday.
The Fed raised interest rates for the fourth time in 2018 at the meeting, but signaled a more patient approach to raising rates this year. The minutes will give investors insight into the debate that led to the decision.
The rate hikes have sparked a backlash from Trump and contributed to investor fears that the central bank is ending the era of easy money too quickly.
Since the meeting, Chairman Jerome Powell has said the Fed is "always prepared" to shift the stance of policy if needed. He stressed that he would not resign if pressured to do so by Trump.
4. Global market overview: US stock futures were pointing higher, suggesting that Wall Street could be headed for another day of gains.
The US Energy Information Administration will release data on crude inventories.
US oil prices were trading 1% higher at just above $50 per barrel. Crude has advanced for eight sessions in a row, its longest win streak since July 2017.
German foreign trade fell on a monthly basis in November, according to government data. It's more evidence that the global trade conflict between the United States and China is taking a toll.
6. Coming this week:
Wednesday — KB Home (KBH) and Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY) earnings; Fed minutes; Crude inventories
Thursday — Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell speaks at the Economic Club in Washington, DC; Sears returns to bankruptcy court to potentially get a decision that could determine its future
Friday — CPI reports
- US-China trade talks; Xiaomi shares plunge; Fed minutes
- Stocks plunge on US-China trade tension
- Musk sounds off; Xiaomi IPO; Fed boosts the dollar
- China's Xiaomi tightens grip on India's smartphone market
- How China's Xiaomi took India's smartphone market by storm
- Dow plunges nearly 800 points on U.S.-China trade fears
- Dow plunges over Apple's dive, China trade war fears
- WaPo: China cancels trade talks with US
- Oil under pressure; Fed minutes; U.K. jobs
- Retail hopes; China trade talks; German growth slows