Asian Shares Climb as Traders Await Jackson Hole Meeting

Asian shares gained as investors shifted their focus to a meeting of central bankers later this week, while concerns eased over Turkey’s financial crisis and a U.S.-China trade war.

The MSCI Asia Pacific Index rose 0.4 percent to 162.73 as of 4:56 p.m. in Hong Kong. The Jakarta Composite Index led gains in the region, climbing 2.2 percent in its biggest advance since June. The Shanghai Composite Index closed 1.1 percent higher for its first gain in six days. Tencent Holdings Ltd. advanced 4.1 percent, leading a rebound of technology shares in Asia.

Source : Bloomberg

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Asian Shares Fluctuate as Traders Await Jackson Hole Meeting

Asian shares were mixed as investors shifted their focus to an upcoming meeting of central bankers this week, while concerns eased over Turkey’s financial crisis and a U.S.-China trade war.

The MSCI Asia Pacific Index fluctuated from gains and losses in morning trading, before rising 0.2 percent as of 10:53 a.m. in Hong Kong. The Jakarta Composite Index led gains in the region, climbing 1.2 percent in its biggest advance since Aug. 6. The Shanghai Composite Index slipped, heading for its sixth day of declines. Tencent Holdings Ltd. advanced as much as 2.9 percent, leading a rebound of technology shares in Asia.

The dollar was stable and the 10-year Treasury yield was little changed as the U.S. Federal Reserve is set to release minutes from its July meeting on Aug. 22. Fed Chairman Jerome Powell will speak at the Jackson Hole Economic Policy Symposium on Friday.

Taiwan’s Taiex index +0.1%, South Korea’s Kospi index +0.2%; Kospi 200 +0.2%, Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 Index +0.1%; New Zealand’s S&P/NZX 50 +0.2%.

Straits Times Index +0.2%; Malaysia’s KLCI +0.1%; Philippine Stock Exchange Index -0.1%; Vietnam’s VN Index is little changed.

Source: Bloomberg

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European Stocks Close Lower as Traders Brace For Trump-Juncker Summit

European stocks finished modestly lower Wednesday ahead of a key meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker that could provide clarity on trade relations between the U.S. and eurozone.

The Stoxx Europe 600 index dropped 0.3% to close at 387.17, falling back after a 0.9% rally on Tuesday, which was its biggest advance in a month.

The U.K.’s FTSE 100 index lost 0.7% to 7,658.26, paring back from its highest close since June 14, hit on Tuesday.

Germany’s DAX 30 index ended down 0.9% at 12,579.33 on Wednesday, while France’s CAC 40 index slipped 0.1% to 5,426.41. Losses for the French index curbed by LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton SE rising 1.8% after reporting a 41% jump in first-half profits.

Source : Marketwatch

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