European markets edge higher as earnings, yields remain in the spotlight

European markets edged higher on Tuesday morning, as investors monitored the latest deluge of corporate earnings.

The pan-European Stoxx 600 was up around 0.15 percent at 383.82 poin during early morning deals, with sectors and major bourses in positive territory.

Looking to today’s trading session in Europe, earnings season continues to deliver a fresh cluster of financial updates from leading businesses.

Europe’s oil and gas stocks led the gains shortly after the opening bell, up around 0.8 percent amid a flurry of rating upgrades. Credit Suisse upwardly revised its price target for Britain’s Tullow Oil on Tuesday morning, sending shares over 2 percent higher.

Source : CNBC

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US, Japan Trade Differences Remain After Trump-Abe Talks

Despite frequent assurances that they continue to enjoy a warm friendship, U.S. President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe over two days of talks apparently failed to bridge significant differences on major trade issues.

Trump declared his discussions with Abe A?a��A�extremely productive,A?a��A? but few details of success emerged during their joint news conference Wednesday.

A?a��A�President Trump and I agreed to start talks for free, fair and reciprocal trade deals,A?a��A? said Abe, without providing specifics.

Trump expressed his preference for a country-to-country A?a��A�free trade agreementA?a��A? between the United States and Japan, while Abe bluntly called for Washington to re-enter what was previously the 12-nation Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP).

Trump pulled the United States from the comprehensive trade pact shortly after taking office.

JapanA?a��a�?s position is A?a��A�TPP is the best for both of our countries,A?a��A? Abe told reporters during the news conference at Trump’s private resort on the Florida Atlantic coast.

Trump also did not lift steel and aluminum tariffs on Japan, despite previously giving other U.S. allies exemptions.

The second of two days of talks Wednesday was devoted to trade after the leaders played 18 holes of golf at one of the presidentA?a��a�?s nearby courses.

Source : VOA

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European stocks close lower as geopolitical worries remain on traders’ radars

European stocks ended lower on Monday, as traders weighed the limited strikes on the Syrian regime over the weekend and the potential for additional U.S. sanctions against Russia.

Shares in Whitbread PLC surged after a U.S. activist hedge fund increased its stake in the British hotel and coffee-shop operator, but drops for Software AG and Polymetal International PLC helped put the brakes on the Stoxx Europe 600.

The Stoxx Europe 600 dropped 0.4% to close at 377.74, pulling back after achieving three up weeks in a row.

The pan-European gauge continues to show a year-to-date fall, down 2.9%.

FranceA?a��a�?s CAC 40 shed less than 0.1% to 5,312.96, while GermanyA?a��a�?s DAX 30 fell 0.4% to 12,391.41.

The U.K.A?a��a�?s FTSE 100 slid 0.9% to 7,198.20 as the pound % rallied to $ 1.4323 from $ 1.4239 late Friday in New York.

The euro rose to $ 1.2368 from $ 1.2331 on Friday.

Source: marketwatch

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