Asian shares gain on growing hopes for China trade talks

18-Aug-2018 Intellasia | AP | 6:14 AM Print This Post

Asian shares made moderate gains early Friday after US stocks jumped on news China is preparing to resume trade discussions with the US, the first negotiations in more than a month.

KEEPING SCORE: Japan’s Nikkei 225 index added 0.4 percent to 22,275.67, while the Shanghai Composite index slipped 0.4 percent to 2,694.52. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng jumped 0.6 percent to 27,254.14 and in South Korea, the Kospi gained 0.3 percent to 2,246.79. Australia’s S&P ASX 200 picked up 0.2 percent to 6,339.30. Shares were higher in Taiwan, Thailand and Singapore.

WALL STREET: Energy and metals prices and shares of industrial companies turned higher. The S&P 500 index climbed 0.8 percent to 2,840.69. The Dow Jones Industrial Average jumped 1.6 percent to 25,558.73 as Walmart and Boeing made big gains. The Nasdaq composite rose 0.4 percent to 7,806.52 and the Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks added 0.9 percent to 1,685.75.

CHINA TRADE: China will send a trade envoy to Washington later this month in a fresh attempt to end the trade dispute before it causes major damage to the global economy. The two sides haven’t talked since early June. After the latest round of talks failed to produce much progress, both countries put taxes on $34 billion in each other’s imports. Those tariffs are set to rise next week, and both countries have threatened even larger increases as early as September.

QUOTABLE: “It’s hard to get too excited about the ‘low level’ trade talks taking place next week,” Chris Weston of IG said in a commentary. He said investors should ask “whether we are really going to get a breakthrough in the trade tensions from these players?”

ENERGY: Oil prices were steady after a sharp drop a day earlier. US crude inched up 0.7 percent to settle at $65.46 a barrel in New York. Brent crude, the standard for international oil prices, picked up 0.9 percent to $71.43 per barrel.

CURRENCIES: The dollar fell to 110.85 yen from 110.89 yen. The euro was flat at $1.1379.


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