Auto stocks pop on news that Trump may delay tariffs by up to 6 months (F, GM)

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The Trump administration plans to delay auto tariffs by up to six months, multiple news outlets reported on Wednesday, citing anonymous sources. The reports sent auto stocks higher on Wednesday.

President Donald Trump is expected to delay tariffs on auto imports, Bloomberg initially reported, citing US officials. Reuters and CNBC later reported the same plan was expected, citing three administration officials and four sources, respectively.

The headlines sent shares of Ford and General Motors higher in midday trading; Ford rose as much as 1.6% while General Motors rose as much as 1.4%. Elsewhere in the auto space, Mercedez-Benz parent Daimler shares went positive on the session. Electric automaker Tesla rose off its session lows, though remained in negative territory.

Wednesday’s reports come at a tense moment for US-China relations as the trade war between the two world powers escalated this week.

In a retaliatory measure, China on Monday said it would raise tariffs on about $60 billion worth of US goods. That followed President Donald Trump’s announcement last Friday that the US would more than double the duty on roughly $200 billion in Chinese imports to 25% from 10%.

The reports on Wednesday appear to merely delay, though not resolve, tensions between the US and international trade partners, Morgan Stanley strategists said in a Wednesday note to clients. Ultimately, they still believe the tariffs as likely to come later this year.

If this holds, we would characterize this as a modest positive,” Michael Zezas and Meredith Pickett said, adding the delay would “somewhat reduce” the odds of tariffs going into effect with either side possibly moderating their positions. 

“However, the core impasse driving the tariff tension, whether or not to include agricultural issues in negotiations, remains between the EU and US,” they said.

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Auto stocks pop on news that Trump may delay tariffs by up to 6 months (F, GM)