In overnight market action, U.S. stocks declined ahead of the implementation of higher tariffs from Washington on Chinese goods.
Investors remained on edge as they continued to monitor for developments on the U.S.-China trade front.
A 12:01 a.m. ET Friday deadline has been set by U.S. President Donald Trump for the implementation of higher tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods. China has said it will retaliate if the higher levies are imposed.
“With the Friday deadline looming, President Trump is still keeping the market guessing,” Kathy Lien, managing director of foreign exchange strategy at BK Asset Management, wrote in a note.
Chinese Vice Premier Liu He is currently in Washington for trade negotiations with the U.S. Liu, however, is meeting with Trump’s trade team without the title of “special envoy” for Chinese President Xi Jinping, a role he held in previous talks, suggesting he may have diminished authority to make concessions that could be crucial to striking a deal.
The U.S. dollar index, which tracks the greenback against a basket of its peers, was at 97.431 after slipping from levels above 97.5 yesterday.
The Japanese yen, widely viewed as a safe-haven currency, traded at 109.84 against the dollar after strengthening from levels above 109.9 in the previous session. The Australian dollar was at $0.6992, in a turbulent trading week that has seen the currency scale highs above $0.7020.
Oil prices rose in the morning of Asian trading hours, with the international benchmark Brent crude futures contract gaining 0.6% to $70.81 per barrel and U.S. crude futures adding 0.84% to $62.22 per barrel.
— CNBC’s Yun Li contributed to this report.