Dow Jones futures flat amid Trump pushing to re-open the economy

Dow Jones futures flat amid Trump pushing to re-open the economy

The Dow Jones closed at 133 points on May 5 as investors are still uncertain about the overall economic sentiment amid U.S. and China tensions triggered by President Donald Trump.

The U.S. stock futures in overnight trading also went flat after two days of pointing to positive sessions in the Dow Jones.

On May 5, along with the rise of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, the S&P 500 rose 0.9%, and the tech-powerhouse Nasdaq Composite gained 1.13%.

Big time technology companies such as MicrosoftApple, and Facebook contributed to the rise of the U.S. markets.

As investors weigh the economic consequences, it seems that President Donald Trump wants to continue in re-opening businesses as planned. He has also fueled more tensions against China.

Trump pushing to re-open economy despite death risk

With the recent news that Gilead is donating its remdesivir supply to the U.S. government, in the hopes of indirectly saving the Dow Jones, investors may see this going down the drain.

In an exclusive interview with ABC World News Tonight came out showing that President Donald Trump was very vocal about re-opening the economy prioritizing money over the safety of U.S. citizens.

The interview also sparked outrage among its critics for commenting that the President also lacked empathy for its citizens. This may spark a negative sentiment on the Dow Jones as well as across the U.S. markets.

A new “cold war” spurs between the U.S. and China

Earlier this week, President Donald Trump continues to call out China with its carelessness in handling the coronavirus pandemic inciting more conflicts as the entire world is trying to find a cure.

Former deputy director of the National Economic Council Clete Willems senses U.S. and China tensions are getting worse caused by the coronavirus as he told CNBC’s Squawk Box Asia:

“I know people get uncomfortable with the terminology, but I do think we have to be honest and call this what it is and this is the start of a new Cold War and if we’re not careful, things could get much, much worse.”

Also, the president’s actions continue to receive criticism as the administration keeps firing up propaganda instead of focusing on the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a recent editorial by the state media Global Times, it was mentioned that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s accusation that the coronavirus originated in a Wuhan lab was “groundless.”

As developments continue to be grim, it seems that the Dow Jones and the rest of the U.S. markets might turn to shambles at this rate.

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