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Until a trade dispute between the US and China is resolved, a single tweet on the matter will have the power to ignite rallies and sell-offs. The tweet in question this week is President Donald Trump’s declaration that “big progress” is being made towards a deal between the US and China, and it may spur gains across emerging markets. The message comes about 10 days before a US government delegation is said to be heading to Beijing for the first face-to-face discussion between the two sides since early December.

Investors will also be on alert when Federal Reserve chair Jerome Powell joins his predecessors for an interview on Friday as derivatives traders bet that the central bank will not hike interest rates in 2019. Some see the next move as a cut in 2020. “Emerging markets have been particularly hard hit so I expect to see a relief bounce in January,” said Tarek Fadlallah, the Dubai-based CEO at Nomura Asset Management Middle East. “But where do we go after the relief bounce...

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