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Global stocks mixed; US dollar falls against yen

by January 15, 2018 General

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Global stock markets were mixed on Monday after Wall Street’s strong finish last week. The U.S. dollar weakened against most major currencies, including the Japanese yen.

KEEPING SCORE: European stock markets opened weaker. Britain’s FTSE 100 inched down 0.1 percent to 7,772.74. France’s CAC 40 fell 0.2 percent to 5,507.28 and Germany’s DAX slipped 0.2 percent to 13,220.45.

ASIA’S DAY: Asian markets except China mostly finished with modest gains. Japan’s Nikkei 225 rose 0.3 percent to 23,714.88 and South Korea’s Kospi added 0.3 percent to 2,503.73. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index dipped 0.2 percent to to 31,338.87 and China’s Shanghai Composite Index slipped 0.5 percent to 3,410.49. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 inched up 0.1 percent to 6,077.10. Stocks in Taiwan and Southeast Asia were moderately higher.

ANALYST’S TAKE: “U.S. equity markets and the U.S. dollar took a different turn on Friday, with a buffet of drivers at work,” said Jingyi Pan, a market strategist at IG in Singapore. “The implication for Asian markets is one of sustained gains for the region on a quiet Monday.”


CHINA RISK: Shares slipped in Shanghai and Shenzhen after the China Banking Regulatory Commission issued a notice over the weekend calling for stricter oversight over financial risks. The notice took aim at preventing banks from shifting funds into stocks, property investments, local government financing vehicles and industries that violate national policies on pollution or excess capacity, among other areas of concern.

WALL STREET: U.S. stock markets finished higher on Friday. The Standard & Poor’s 500 rose 0.7 percent to finish at 2,786.24 and the Dow Jones industrial average climbed 0.9 percent to 25,803.19. The tech-heavy Nasdaq composite rose 0.7 percent to 7,261.06 and the Russell 2000 index of small-cap stocks gained 0.3 percent to 1,591.97. U.S. markets are closed Monday for a public holiday.

OIL: Benchmark U.S. crude lost 9 cents to $64.21 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract rose 50 cents to settle at $64.30 per barrel in the previous session. Brent crude, the international standard, fell 24 cents to $69.62 per barrel.

CURRENCIES: The dollar slipped to 110.54 Japanese yen from 111.04 yen. The euro strengthened to $1.2261 from $1.2199.