Asian stocks inch up after Trump, Juncker pledge cuts to trade barriers
By Andrew Galbraith SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Asian stocks edged higher on Thursday, taking comfort from gains on Wall Street after U.S. President Donald Trump and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker agreed to work toward eliminating trade barriers on industrial goods
By Andrew Galbraith
SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Asian stocks edged higher on Thursday, taking comfort from gains on Wall Street after U.S. President Donald Trump and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker agreed to work toward eliminating trade barriers on industrial goods.
In a news conference following a meeting between the two leaders on Wednesday, Trump said he and Juncker had agreed to work to lower industrial tariffs on both sides and to increase European imports of liquefied natural gas and soybeans from the United States, among other measures.
The meeting helped to extend a rally in global stocks into its fourth day, as investors took heart from a rare piece of good news amid global concerns over trade.
But a warning from Facebook Inc.
Globally, markets also remain worried about the heated tariff dispute between the United States and China.
"This deal, along with the breakdown of a large M&A deal, leave investors fearing that the trade war has just turned even more so on China," Citi analysts wrote in a note Thursday, referring to Qualcomm Inc
MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan <.MIAPJ0000PUS> was up 0.2 percent.
Australian shares <.AXJO> fell 0.4 percent and Japan's Nikkei stock index <.N225> was 0.2 percent lower.
On Wednesday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average <.DJI> rose 0.68 percent to 25,414.1, the S&P 500 <.SPX> gained 0.91 percent to 2,846.07 and the Nasdaq Composite <.IXIC> added 1.17 percent to 7,932.24.
But S&P 500 E-mini futures
News of the respite from trade tensions pushed U.S. treasury yields higher, with the yield on 10-year notes touching six-week highs. Around 0012 GMT, it was at 2.9727 percent, compared with its U.S. close of 2.936 percent on Wednesday.
The two-year yield
Earlier in the week, treasury prices had slumped along with Japanese government bonds on speculation the Bank of Japan may soon start to taper its massive stimulus.
The BOJ is said to be considering at next week's rate review changing the composition of exchange-traded funds it buys as part of its stimulus programme.
The dollar dropped 0.2 percent against the yen to 110.79
Gold moved slightly higher as the dollar eased. Spot gold
(Reporting by Andrew Galbraith, additional reporting by Trevor Hunnicutt in New York; Editing by Shri Navaratnam)
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