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New York: Global stocks and crude prices were set to extend gains in Asia on Wednesday on confidence that government steps to restart economies will bring back growth and demand for oil.
Futures on major US and Hong Kong stock indexes were up following gains in a global stock index and an oil price surge of as much as 25 percent.
Financial markets had mostly dismissed grim economic losses from the coronavirus pandemic, but had second thoughts later in the day, trimming gains after downbeat comments from a senior member of the US Federal Reserve.
Futures for the S&P 500 ESc1 rose 0.38 percent. Hong Kong's Hang Seng index futures rose 0.32 percent.
However, Australian S&P/ASX 200 futures lost 0.20 percent in early trade.
Stock markets in mainland China will reopen for the first time since Thursday after a holiday break.
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On Wall Street, the S&P 500 rose as much as 2 percent during the day. The index cut gains by just over half at the close after US Federal Reserve Vice Chair Richard Clarida warned that economic data would get much worse before getting better, possibly in the second half of the year.
Gains in Brent in early Asia trade could extend the global benchmark’s string of gains to seven straight sessions while West Texas Intermediate rallied for the sixth consecutive session.
Fuel demand worldwide was down roughly 30 percent in April, but that has since risen modestly due to efforts to lift travel restrictions.
“The market is starting to realize that demand destruction has been terrible, but we’re reopening and demand is going to get better,” said Phil Flynn, senior analyst at Price Futures Group.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.56 percent, the S&P 500 gained 0.90 percent, and the Nasdaq Composite added 1.13 percent.
MSCI’s gauge of stocks across the globe rose 1 percent overnight. The pan-European STOXX 600 index closed nearly 2.2 percent higher.
US Treasury yields rose on evidence of the increasing need for the government to finance economic stimulus and in anticipation of an economic recovery.
The yield on benchmark 10-year notes rose on Tuesday to 0.66 percent from 0.63 percent late on Monday.
Traders will also be watching Wednesday for the ADP National Employment Report of private US payrolls. It could foretell the damage to be revealed on Friday in the official US government measure of jobs in April, estimated to show nearly 22 million jobs were lost last month.
In line with rising Treasury yields, the US dollar rose for a third session on Tuesday against most major currencies.
The dollar index rose 0.287 percent. The euro was unchanged at $1.0838 after a ruling from Germany's highest court on Tuesday that the European Central Bank must justify bond purchases under its flagship stimulus program or lose the Bundesbank as a participant.
Spot gold dropped 0.2 percent to $1,702.55 an ounce.