World stocks rise on hopes for second Trump-Xi meet

Published 02-01-2019

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SINGAPORE (AP) - World markets were mostly higher Friday after China-U.S. trade talks ended in Washington with expectations for a second meeting between Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping. But gains were capped by weak manufacturing data for China.

KEEPING SCORE: Germany's DAX added 0.2 percent to 11,206.88 and France's CAC 40 rose 0.3 percent to 5,007.34. Britain's FTSE 100 advanced 0.4 percent to 6,997.82. Wall Street was set for an optimistic open. The future contract for the Dow Jones Industrial Average added 0.2 percent to 25,024.00. S&P 500 futures gained 0.1 percent to 2,706.30.

THE DAY IN ASIA: Hong Kong's Hang Seng index was flat at 27,930.74 while the Shanghai Composite index jumped 1.3 percent to 2,618.23. Japan's Nikkei 225 index rose less than 0.1 percent to 20,788.39 after the country's unemployment rate unexpectedly fell to 2.4 percent in December from 2.5 percent the month before. South Korea's Kospi was down 0.1 percent at 2,203.46. Australia's S&P ASX 200 edged 0.1 percent lower to 5,862.80. Shares rose in the Philippines and Thailand but fell in Singapore. Markets in Taiwan were closed.

CHINA-U.S. TALKS: American and Chinese negotiators wrapped up two days of talks Thursday without a deal but with an upbeat outlook. Trump said China has agreed to buy more American soybeans, but he expects to meet Xi to seek agreement on other contentious issues. "There are some points we don't agree to, but we will agree," Trump said. "I think when Xi and I meet, every point will be agreed to." A tariffs cease-fire between the U.S. and China is set to end on March 2, and the U.S. is expected to raise import taxes from 10 percent to 25 percent for $200 billion in Chinese goods.

CHINESE MANUFACTURING: A private survey suggested manufacturing in China slowed in January. China's Caixin Manufacturing PMI was 48.3 in January, down from 49.7 in December. This was its lowest reading since February 2016. Readings below 50 indicate contraction on the index's 100-point scale. The survey said Chinese production and new orders slipped further in January while export orders climbed, fueling fears that the world's second-largest economy was experiencing a slowdown.

ANALYST'S TAKE: "The terrible decline in the Caixin PMI index ... shows just how important it is for China and the U.S. to secure a trade deal. If nothing else, a deal should prevent the near-term imposition of higher tariffs," Robert Carnell of ING Bank said in commentary.

U.S. JOBS DATA: Traders are awaiting the release of jobs data later Friday. The Labor Department's monthly employment report will likely show that U.S. employers added a good amount of jobs in January, despite a partial shutdown of the government and concerns about global growth. According to data provider FactSet, analysts expect 165,000 jobs to be added and the unemployment rate to remain at a low 3.9 percent.

ENERGY: Benchmark U.S. crude dropped 33 cents to $53.46 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. It lost 44 cents to settle at $53.79 per barrel on Thursday. Brent crude, used to price international oils, lost 24 cents to $60.60 per barrel. The contract dropped 70 cents to $60.84 per barrel in London.

CURRENCIES: The dollar strengthened to 108.94 yen from 108.89 yen late Thursday. The euro rose to $1.1448 from $1.1445.

U.S. JOBS DATA: Traders are awaiting the release of jobs data later Friday. The Labor Department's monthly employment report will likely show that U.S. employers added a good amount of jobs in January, despite a partial shutdown of the government and concerns about global growth. According to data provider FactSet, analysts expect 165,000 jobs to be added and the unemployment rate to remain at a low 3.9 percent.

ENERGY: Benchmark U.S. crude dropped 33 cents to $53.46 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. It lost 44 cents to settle at $53.79 per barrel on Thursday. Brent crude, used to price international oils, lost 24 cents to $60.60 per barrel. The contract dropped 70 cents to $60.84 per barrel in London.

CURRENCIES: The dollar strengthened to 108.94 yen from 108.89 yen late Thursday. The euro rose to $1.1448 from $1.1445.

CURRENCIES: The dollar strengthened to 108.94 yen from 108.89 yen late Thursday. The euro rose to $1.1448 from $1.1445.

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A man holds a smartphone showing stock prices as he monitors stock prices at a brokerage house decorated with red lanterns in Beijing, Friday, Feb. 1, 2019. Asian markets were mixed on Friday as trade talks ended in Washington with no deal but the promise of a second meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese leader Xi Jinping. Gains were limited by a private survey showing that Chinese manufacturing slowed to the lowest level in almost three years. (AP Photo/Andy Wong) - The Associated Press


Women chat as they monitor stock prices at a brokerage house in Beijing, Friday, Feb. 1, 2019. Asian markets were mixed on Friday as trade talks ended in Washington with no deal but the promise of a second meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese leader Xi Jinping. Gains were limited by a private survey showing that Chinese manufacturing slowed to the lowest level in almost three years. (AP Photo/Andy Wong) - The Associated Press


Investors monitor stock prices at a brokerage house decorated with red lanterns in Beijing, Friday, Feb. 1, 2019. Asian markets were mixed on Friday as trade talks ended in Washington with no deal but the promise of a second meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese leader Xi Jinping. Gains were limited by a private survey showing that Chinese manufacturing slowed to the lowest level in almost three years. (AP Photo/Andy Wong) - The Associated Press


Investors check stock prices at a brokerage house decorated with red lanterns in Beijing, Friday, Feb. 1, 2019. Asian markets were mixed on Friday as trade talks ended in Washington with no deal but the promise of a second meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese leader Xi Jinping. Gains were limited by a private survey showing that Chinese manufacturing slowed to the lowest level in almost three years. (AP Photo/Andy Wong) - The Associated Press