Stocks Europe Slide, Bonds and Yen Gain as Risks Pile Up

Shares in Europe followed Asian counterparts lower as investors eyed risks from Turkey to North Korea. Treasuries advanced with the dollar, while oil dropped with most commodities.

U.S. equity-index futures also declined as optimism over U.S.-China trade talks faded together with prospects for President Donald Trump’s historic summit with North Korea’s leader. Concerns over Turkey’s financial-market stability drove the lira to successive record lows and weighed on emerging-market currencies. The yen rose as traders sought a haven, while equity benchmarks from Hong Kong to Sydney declined.

The Stoxx Europe 600 Index declined 0.3 percent at 395.91 as of 8:07 a.m. London time.

Source : Bloomberg

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Italian Stocks Lead Europe Lower as Politics Spook Traders

European stocks on Friday retreated from an almost-four month high as uncertainty about Italian politics contributed to a downdraft in a market already jittery over trade tensions between global superpowers China and the U.S.

The Stoxx Europe 600 index closed 0.3% lower at 394.67, breaking a three-day winning run. On Thursday, the pan-European benchmark ended at its highest level since Jan. 30, buoyed by a rally for oil-related companies.

For the week, the Stoxx 600 scored a 0.6% gain.

Italy’s FTSE MIB Index slumped 1.5% to 23,449.65, as political developments in the country flustered markets. The index declined by 2.9% on the week, its largest weekly percentage decline since early March during the general election.

Source : Market Watch

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Asia Stocks Erase Losses as Europe Opens Higher, Yields Retreat

Asian stocks were little changed, recovering from an earlier drop, as European peers opened higher and U.S. Treasury yields retreated from a spike a day earlier.

The MSCI Asia Pacific Index fell less than 0.1 percent to 174.53 as of 4:50 p.m. in Hong Kong, after earlier dropping as much as 0.3 percent. Hong KongA?ai??i??ai???s Heng Seng Index also erased most of its losses to close 0.1 percent lower, buoyed by gains in Apple Inc.A?ai??i??ai???s suppliers.

Taiex +0.2%, Kospi index +0.1%, Kospi 200 index +0.3%, S&P/ASX 200 +0.2%, New ZealandA?ai??i??ai???s S&P/NZX 50 -1.8%.

IndiaA?ai??i??ai???s S&P BSE Sensex Index -0.3%, NSE Nifty 50 Index -0.5%.

Straits Times Index -0.1%, MalaysiaA?ai??i??ai???s KLCI +0.5%, Philippines Stock Exchange PSEi Index -0.2%, Jakarta Composite -0.1%, ThailandA?ai??i??ai???s SET Index -0.6%, VietnamA?ai??i??ai???s VN Index -1.8%.

Source: Bloomberg

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