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European equities and US futures dipped on Thursday as anxious traders reacted to Trump's "haphazard" approach and disappointing economic data.
European equities and US futures fell on Wednesday after renewed potential for a trade deal and Chinese government stimulus lifted Asian stocks.
Global stock markets were broadly higher Wednesday after China released positive GDP, industrial, retail and investment data.
Retail sales slipped in February as receipts fell in more than half of major categories, according to a Commerce Department report released Monday.
Chinese industrial output rose 5.3% in the first two months of 2019, its slowest rate of growth in 17 years. And unemployment ticked higher.
As key measures of the economy come in softer than expected, forecasts for US growth in the first quarter are falling across the board.
Retail sales rose in January — but declines at the end of 2018 were even sharper than originally thought
Retail sales rebounded more than expected in January but declines at the end of 2018 were even sharper than originally thought.
Stocks fell Thursday after a measure of US consumer spending unexpectedly tumbled at the end of 2018, renewing expectations for slowing growth.
The unexpected drop in retail sales has fueled concerns about an economy that's primarily driven by consumer spending.
Car sales took the biggest hit.