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NEW YORK (Reuters) – Shares of U.S. retail and consumer goods companies appear set to emerge largely unscathed from the trade dispute between the United States and China. But the conflict could leave behind negative effects on the supply chains of some companies in the industry, which could narrow their profit margins and eventually weigh on their stock prices. The current U.S. tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports were scheduled to increase to 25 percent from 10 percent if a trade deal were not reached by March 1 cufflinks with initials. Last week U.S. President Donald Trump announced an extension of that deadline, and the United States and China have reportedly moved close to a deal that would roll back the tariffs altogether..
Only certain categories of consumer goods, such as furniture and accessories like handbags and luggage, are subject to the 10 percent tariffs. Apparel and footwear, for now, are excluded cufflinks with initials. So far this year, the S&P 500 consumer discretionary index, which includes shares of retail and consumer goods companies as well as restaurants and leisure companies, has reflected optimism on trade as data have pointed to the overall strength of the U.S. economy. The index has risen 11.2 percent, slightly ahead of the 10.6 percent rise for the S&P 500 as a whole..
“Companies continue to do well from a (consumer) discretionary perspective,” said Mona Mahajan, U.S. investment strategist at Allianz Global Investors in New York cufflinks with initials. “Once President Trump said he was extending the deadline for the tariff jump, the overhang over the market was lifted.”. A significant portion of U.S. consumer goods, including 72 percent of footwear and 84 percent of accessories, originate from China, according to the American Apparel and Footwear Association..
Yet companies have made preparations to blunt the effects of current and possible future tariffs. In conference calls, companies including footwear maker Steven Madden Ltd, furniture retailer RH and Rubbermaid housewares maker Newell Brands have said they have offset cost increases by moving some manufacturing to other countries or negotiating discounts for their production in China. “Companies have been incorporating tariffs in their guidance for a year,” said Charles East, equity strategy analyst at SunTrust Private Wealth Management, who covers retailers cufflinks with initials. “It’s a known quantity.”..
Yet even with a rollback of tariffs, lingering effects on the production, shipment and storage of goods could eventually weigh on consumer stocks. Retailers have ramped up shipments of imported items in anticipation of potential increases in U.S. tariffs. According to the National Retail Federation, major U.S. ports handled 1.97 million containers in December, a 13.9 percent year-over-year increase. For the first half of 2019, U.S cufflinks with initials. ports are forecast to handle 10.7 million containers, a 4.1 percent increase from the first half of 2018..