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World Shares Higher on Trade Comments  11/22 05:44

   World stocks rose Friday as upbeat comments by Chinese President Xi Jinping 
helped quell anxiety over the state of trade talks with the U.S.

   BEIJING (AP) -- World stocks rose Friday as upbeat comments by Chinese 
President Xi Jinping helped quell anxiety over the state of trade talks with 
the U.S.

   Britain's FTSE 100 rose 1% to 7,311, while the CAC 40 in France gained 0.3% 
to 5,897. Germany's DAX picked up 0.1% to 13,146. Wall Street looked set for 
gains, with the future contracts for the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the 
S&P 500 both up nearly 0.2%.

   Xi told a visiting delegation in Beijing on Friday that he hoped to work 
toward a resolution of the 18-month-old tariff dispute with Washington. He 
added, though, that China was not "afraid" and would "fight back" if necessary.

   Investors turned cautious this week amid concerns that the U.S. and China 
will fail to strike a deal before the year is over.

   The world's two largest economies have been negotiating a resolution to 
their trade war ahead of new tariffs set to hit key consumer goods on Dec. 15. 
Investors have been hoping for a deal before that happens, as the tariffs would 
increase prices on smartphones, laptops and many common household goods, just 
before Christmas.

   Meeting with a U.S. delegation from Bloomberg's New Economy Forum, a 
conference held in Beijing this week, Xi said "We want to work for a Phase 1 
agreement on the basis of mutual respect and equality."

   The Wall Street Journal reported that China's lead negotiator in the talks, 
Vice Premier Liu He, has invited his U.S. counterparts to Beijing for more 
talks. That also swayed markets in a positive direction.

   The uncertainty over the trade dispute between the two largest economies, 
"has investors sitting in that all too familiar predicament of trade war 
limbo," Stephen Innes of AxiTrader said in a commentary.

   "It does sound positive on the surface, but equity markets remain cautious 
given the numerous stops and starts, not to mention dead ends these trade 
discussions have met with," he said.

   In Asia, Japan's Nikkei 225 index gained 0.3% to 23,112.88, while the Hang 
Seng in Hong Kong picked up 0.5% to 26,595.08. South Korea's Kospi edged 0.3% 
higher to 2,101.96 and the S&P ASX 200 in Australia advanced 0.6% to 6,709.80. 
The Shanghai Composite index lost 0.6% to 2,885.29 and the Sensex in India 
dropped 0.5% to 40,359.41.

   In energy trading, benchmark U.S. crude oil lost 33 cents to $58.25 per 
barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Brent crude 
oil, the international standard, declined 16 cents to $63.81 per barrel.

   The dollar was down slightly, at 108.51 Japanese yen from 108.54 on 
Thursday. The euro slipped to $1.1058 from $1.1061.


(AG)

 
 
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