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As Mexico-U.S. talks progress, markets rise on hopes a deal could be close

Mexican and U.S. officials held a second day of talks on trade and migration on Thursday, with markets rebounding on optimism a deal could be close, although it was unclear if Mexican pledges to curb migration flows were enough to persuade the Trump administration to postpone tariffs. U.S. President Donald Trump has warned that tariffs of 5% on all Mexican exports to the United States will go into effect on Monday if Mexico does not step up efforts to stem an increase in mostly Central American migrants heading for the ...

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Stocks target best week since April on rate-cut hopes; U.S. jobs data awaits

European shares climbed on Friday as hopes that central banks would loosen policy offset trade friction and the threat of global recession, putting them on track for their best week in two months. The Euro STOXX 600 was up 0.9% as France’s main index outperformed, setting European stocks on course for their biggest weekly gain since early April. Oil stocks led the gains as crude jumped more than 2%. Wall Street futures signaled a positive opening for U.S. markets, too. Investors around the globe are focused on the timing of ...

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Trade Tremors Deepen Biggest Stock Dislocation in a Generation

Growth is so precious in stock markets these days that a millennial stock picker can hardly remember the last time investors were so enamored of it. In Europe as in the U.S., stocks promising high earnings and sales growth have hit a new record high relative to value stocks — newly dubbed a “widowmaker” trade for their persistent losses — in MSCI Inc. indexes going back to 1995. There are good reasons for investors to bid up so-called growth stocks. As fears build over an interminable U.S.-China trade war, a ...

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European stocks head for best week in two months, Sanofi jumps

European stocks were on course to notch their best weekly performance in two months on Friday as a jump in shares of French pharma giant Sanofi added to the positive mood created by expectations of more moves by central banks to stir growth. France’s CAC 40 outperformed its peers with a 1.2% rise, helped by a 4.5% jump in Sanofi after the company appointed Swiss rival Novartis’ executive Paul Hudson as its new boss. The stock was on track to post its best day in more than seven months, helping ...

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Flare in trade tensions sours rate-hope rally

German bond yields fell to new lows on Thursday and U.S. treasury yields resumed their fall as renewed trade tensions doused a rally fuelled by hopes for more central bank stimulus ahead of a European Central Bank meeting. Sentiment had soured on a lack of progress in talks between U.S. and Mexican officials and President Donald Trump issuing a fresh threat to hit China with tariffs on “at least” another $300 billion worth of Chinese goods. The latest flare up in tensions follows a mixed bag of economic data that ...

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Trade tensions flare sours rate hope rally

German bond yields plumbed new record lows on Thursday and U.S. treasury yields resumed their fall as renewed trade tensions doused a rally fuelled by hopes for more central bank stimulus ahead of a European Central Bank meeting. Sentiment had soured on a lack of progress in talks between U.S. and Mexican officials and President Donald Trump issuing a fresh threat to hit China with tariffs on “at least” another $300 billion worth of Chinese goods. The latest flare up in tensions follows a mixed bag of economic data that ...

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Global Stocks Edge Up After Wall Street Surge

Global stocks edged up on Wednesday, following a surge on Wall Street after Federal Reserve officials hinted at the possibility of lowering interest rates to boost the economy. In Europe, the Stoxx Europe 600 was up 0.2% in opening trade, as were Germany’s DAX and the U.K.’s FTSE 100. France’s Dassault Aviation was the biggest gainer on the pan-European index, rising almost 5% after Goldman Sachs upgraded the stock. The gains in Europe followed a session of mostly gentle rises in Asia, with Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index up 0.2% ...

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Brexit, data privacy rules damaging markets, report says

Brexit, tougher data privacy protection and a crackdown on foreign clearing houses risk fragmenting markets, bumping up costs and undermining efforts to avert another financial crisis, global regulators said on Tuesday. The International Organization of Securities Commissions, which groups market regulators from the United States, Japan, China, the European Union and 30 other jurisdictions, said in a report that regulators were already working together more closely to avoid rules from disrupting cross-border trade. “Nevertheless, some challenges remain and strengthening cooperation between regulatory authorities could further assist in addressing risks to ...

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Global Stocks Slide After U.S. Tech Selloff

Global stocks declined on Tuesday as concerns about global growth and a selloff in U.S. tech stocks added to the prevailing cautious mood among investors. In Europe, the Stoxx Europe 600 opened 0.2% lower, erasing some of Monday’s gains. Germany’s DAX index fell 0.6% and the U.K.’s FTSE 100 dropped 0.4%. London-listed Hargreaves Lansdown PLC was the biggest loser on the FTSE 100, shedding more than 5% in early trade. The investment manager had directed a number of clients to the Woodford Equity Income fund, which on Monday said it ...

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Global funds recommend stashing cash in face of trade war – Reuters poll

Global funds became more cautious in May, shunning equities, recommending increasing cash holdings to their highest in three months and raising bond allocations to a level not seen in nearly two years, a Reuters poll showed. That underscores worries over conflicting comments on U.S.-China trade talks and U.S. President Donald Trump’s threat to impose new tariffs on Mexico that risk tipping the global economy into recession. “We believed the U.S. and China would resolve their differences over trade in a reasonable amount of time. But that confidence has been shaken. ...

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US-China trade war impact on stock market is ‘controllable’, insists China’s securities watchdog chief

China’s stock market has already absorbed the shocks from the escalation of the trade war with the United States and any future risks are “controllable”, according to China’s securities market watchdog chief, in an attempt to calm nerves as the tensions between Beijing and Washington further threaten investor confidence. The benchmark Shanghai composite stock index lost nearly 6 per cent in May as the trade negotiators failed to reach a deal to end the trade war, which has rumbled on since July last year. The index also lost 6 per ...

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Dow Set To Renew Slide To Start The Week As 10-year Bond Yield Extends Retreat

U.S. stocks benchmarks looked poised to stumble on Monday as tariff fears drag a key bond benchmark to its lowest level in about 20 months, deepening a so-called yield-curve inversion that has accurately predicted economic recessions. How did major benchmarks fare? Futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average were off 94 points, or 0.4%, at 24,727, those for the S&P 500 index were off 10.6 points, or 0.4%, at 2,742.25, while Nasdaq-100 futures were down 38.75 points, or 0.5%, at 7,095.75. On Friday , the Dow dropped 354.84 points, or ...

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Wall Street analysts are finding some buying opportunities amid the US trade battles

Trade tensions are showing no signs of easing, but that’s not stopping analysts from finding hidden gems to bolster your portfolio. While the U.S. and China continue their back and forth analysts say there are plenty of ways to invest. CNBC examined the most recent Wall Street research to find stocks to invest in and around the ongoing trade battle. Companies with buy ratings include Best Buy, Fabrinet, Big Lots, Zebra Technologies, Dover Corporation and Cabot. The tariff battle has certainly taken its toll on the markets. Since President Donald ...

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Bonds ‘on fire’ as flight to safety gathers momentum

Investors sought the safety of government bonds, the yen, the Swiss franc and gold on Monday, as rising trade tensions dented stocks again and pushed oil close to bear market territory. After a torrid May that wiped $3 trillion off global equities, the worsening trade and broader economic backdrop made for a jarring start to June. European shares fell further and the Swiss franc jumped to a two-year high as Beijing sent another shot across Washington’s bows on trade and then euro zone data came in weak, though the main ...

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After EU parliament vote, investors await another run of elections

Investors relieved by the outcome of the EU’s parliamentary election are holding off from celebrating until they see the results of a run of potentially more disruptive votes in member states. Pro-European parties ended up controlling 503 of the EU parliament’s 751 seats – quelling fears that rising eurosceptics and populists would sweep to power and take control of the bloc’s budgets and posts. There was a quick relief rally in equities, but markets have failed to build on those gains. Hanging over them is the cooling euro zone economy ...

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