The direction of the US stock market is being determined by China’s currency right now

  • At 9:44 a.m. ET, the Chinese offshore currency hit an intraday low against the dollar. Merely two minutes later, the S&P 500 slumped to the low of the day of 2,824.45 and rebounded.
  • The yuan came to the limelight after China weaponized the currency in the trade war with the U.S.

Wall Street is obsessed with the yuan right now.

At 9:44 a.m. ET, the Chinese offshore currency hit an intraday low against the dollar. Merely two minutes later, the S&P 500 slumped to the low of the day of 2,824.45. Stocks quickly rebounded in the afternoon with the S&P 500 erasing a 2% loss just when the yuan started to stabilize.

S&P 500 vs. Dollar-Yuan

Source: Koyfin.com

(The above chart shows the U.S. dollar-yuan, so an increase in the line means the currency is weakening vs. the dollar.)

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