Europe closes higher amid political, trade concerns

The pan-European STOXX 600 provisionally ended 0.24 percent higher, with sectors pointing in different directions by the market close. On the week, the STOXX 600 finished slightly under pressure, closing down 0.12 percent.

Looking to the region’s major bourses, Britain’s FTSE 100 closed up 0.32 percent, while Franc’es CAC 40 rose 0.29 percent and Germany’s DAX popped 0.5 percent. The German index opened late on Friday morning as Eurex reported the index had experienced delays.

Source : CNBC

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Japan Shares Fall as Yen Strengthens Amid Trump Cabinet Concerns

Japanese shares declined as the yen strengthened against the dollar after a news report that U.S. President Donald Trump plans to remove his national security adviser raised concerns about the future of his administration’s foreign policy.

Electronics makers were the biggest drag on the Topix index, as almost two stocks fell for every one that rose. The White House denied that Trump is preparing to oust H.R. McMaster after the Washington Post reported that Trump was planning to remove the adviser, with whom he has occasionally clashed.

Topix index -0.4% to close at 1,736.63 in Tokyo; +1.2% this week. Nikkei 225 index -0.6% to 21,676.51; weekly gain of 1%.

Yen +0.4% to 105.95 per dollar.

Source : Bloomberg

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Stock Markets Across Asia Slump Amid Trump Cabinet Reshuffle

Asia stocks dropped as most equity gauges in the region fell, tracking declines in the U.S. as fresh turmoil over a sudden shakeup in President Donald Trump’s administration dampened investor sentiment.

The MSCI Asia Pacific Index declined 0.4 percent as of 4:58 p.m. in Hong Kong, halting a four-day winning streak. Japan’s Topix index closed 0.5 percent lower as Hitachi Ltd. lead declines in technology, machinery companies and retailers.

The S&P 500 Index slid 0.6 percent Tuesday as Trump ousted U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and replaced him with CIA Director Mike Pompeo.

South Korea’s Kospi index declined 0.3 percent at close and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index fell 0.5 percent. Bubble tea maker B & S International Holdings Ltd. surged almost 300 percent in its market debut in Hong Kong.

Source: Bloomberg

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