Asia markets lower on renewed U.S.-China trade concerns
By Andrew Galbraith SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Asian shares moved lower on Thursday as investors fretted about new setbacks in U.S.-China trade talks, but negative sentiment was tempered by U.S. Federal Reserve meeting minutes suggesting it would not raise the tempo at which it increases interest rates
By Andrew Galbraith
SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Asian shares moved lower on Thursday as investors fretted about new setbacks in U.S.-China trade talks, but negative sentiment was tempered by U.S. Federal Reserve meeting minutes suggesting it would not raise the tempo at which it increases interest rates.
MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan <.MIAPJ0000PUS> was flat, while Japan's Nikkei stock index <.N225> was 0.6 percent lower.
A day after U.S. President Donald Trump said he was not pleased with trade talks between the United States and China, he called for "a different structure" in any trade deal. The move added to uncertainty over the negotiations and prompted a fall in stock markets.
However, the release of minutes from the Federal Reserve's May 1-2 meeting eased market concerns that it would raise interest rates more quickly than expected. The minutes, which were seen as dovish, helped to push U.S. stocks into positive territory on Wednesday.
"(The) minutes read largely in line with latest Fedspeak. Consensus finds no major signs of accelerating inflation; wage improvements aren't broad; drivers of the (workforce) participation rate are still a mystery and the flatter yield curve isn't flashing red yet," Citi analysts said in a note.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average <.DJI> rose 0.21 percent to 24,886.81, the S&P 500 <.SPX> gained 0.32 percent to 2,733.29 and the Nasdaq Composite <.IXIC> added 0.64 percent to 7,425.96.
The two-year treasury note yield
The yield on benchmark 10-year Treasury notes
Australian shares <.AXJO> were 0.1 percent lower, extending losses into a sixth consecutive session on weak prices for iron ore and oil. New Zealand's benchmark S&P/NZX 50 index <.NZ50> was 0.4 percent higher.
The most-traded iron ore futures on the Dalian Commodity Exchange
The dollar was down 0.25 percent against the yen to 109.78
Emerging market currencies are in the spotlight after Turkey's central bank raised interest rates by 300 basis points to support a plunging lira
The bank, which had been scheduled to hold its next policy-setting meeting on June 7, said it had increased its top interest rate to 16.5 percent from 13.5 percent.
The lira has fallen about 20 percent so far this year to a series of record lows, but the currency reversed course after the central bank decision. It was last down 0.2 percent at 4.5790 to the dollar.
Gold was slightly higher. Spot gold
(Reporting by Andrew Galbraith; Editing by Eric Meijer)
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