Market Stocks tread steadily ahead of the signing of initial U.S.-China trade deal Updated : January 15, 2020 08:46 AM IST Asian stocks were trading steadily in early trade on Wednesday as investors awaited the signing of an initial U.S.-China trade deal. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan eased 0.13 percent. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on late Tuesday that the United States would keep in place tariffs on Chinese goods until the completion of a second phase of a U.S.-China trade agreement. Subscribe to Moneycontrol PRO at just Rs.33/- per month for the first year. Use code SUPERPRO. Limited period offer. Available on Web and Android.