Most Asian stocks rose on the first day of the week supported by upbeat US jobs growth and manufacturing data that boosted Wall Street on Friday. The U.S. economy added 223,000 jobs last month, topping a forecast of 188,000 in a Reuters poll. Investors also kept an eye on US-North Korea summit planed for June 12 in Singapore as U.S. President Donald Trump revealed that he will meet the North Koran leader Kim-Jong-un in Singapore on June 12, as previously scheduled. In Australia, the local sharemarket finished the session firmly higher.
European markets ended the first session of the new trading week with gains as the prospect of some activity on the M&A front boosted investor sentiment. The Financial Times reported that the Italian lender UniCredit is considering a possible merger with French banking giant Societe Generale. The pan-European Stoxx 600 closed in the green, with most sectors and major bourses in positive territory.
Across the Atlantic, U.S. stocks ended the session higher as investors continued to react positively to the release of expectation-surpassing U.S. jobs numbers on Friday. Strong gains were recorded in the tech sector with the Nasdaq composite posting a record close — its first since March 12. Apple's shares reached a new all-time high. Meanwhile, investors continued to keep an eye on lingering trade concerns after the Trump administration imposed metal tariffs on Canada, Mexico and the EU and digested data showing a bigger-than-expected pullback in factory orders for April.
World Markets Headlines Today
Hong Kong market rises on gains of property and tech shares (Nikkei Asian Review)
India: Sensex dives 215 points, Nifty settles at 10628, HDFC Bank shares fall 3% (Mint)
Australia: Stocks climb as CBA gains (Australian Business Review)
European stock markets climb at open (Fin24)
European markets higher as utility stocks lead gains; Air France KLM soars 7% (CNBC)
European Shares Extend Gains On M&A News (RTT News)
Stocks Touch 12-Week High on U.S. Growth Optimism (Bloomberg)
Stocks Higher as Jobs Data Overshadow Trade Fears (The Street)
Nasdaq aims for record close as tech leads stock-market rally (Marketwatch)
Gold steady as trade war concerns offset US rate hike prospects, Oil steady as extra US supply balances strong demand (Reuters)
25 Major Markets Stock Indices Closing Data
All Continents Stock Indices Closing Data
Tokyo's Nikkei 225 was up 1.37% while Hong Kong's Hang Seng rose 1.66%. China's Shanghai Composite added 0.52%. South Korea's KOSPI was up 0.36%. Mumbai's Sensex decreased 0.61% while Nifty 50 was lower by 0.63%. Australia's ASX 200 finished the day 0.59% in the green. Singapore's STI grew 1.17%.
The Paneuropean STOXX600 was up 0.31%. France's CAC gained 0.14%. London's FTSE was higher by 0.51%. Belgium's BEL 20 grew 0.67%. Amsterdam's AEX rose 0.45%. Moscow's MOEX increased 1.23%.
In Southern Europe, Lisbon's PSI20 advanced 1.21% while Spain's IBEX 35 was up 1.22% and Italy's FTSE MIB lost 0.45%. In Scandinavia, Stockholm's OMXS30 was off 0.30% while Copenhagen's OMXC25 was higher by 0.26%. Helsinki's OMXHPI increased 0.72%.
In Central Eastern Europe, Budapest's BUX jumped 3.45% while Warsaw's WIG advanced 0.55%. Prague's PX was off 0.10% and Bratislava's SAX grew 1.12%. Tallinn's OMXT moved downward 0.60% while Riga's OMXR increased 0.18%. In Vilnius, the OMXV was lower by 0.40%.
In South Eastern Europe, Bucharest's BET was up 0.16% while Sofia's Sofix rose 0.07%. Belgrade's Belex 15 gained 0.54%. Podgorica's MNSE10 fell 0.42. Sarajevo's SASX10 increased 1.67% while Banja Luka's BIRS rose 1.94%. Ljubljana's SBI Top was higher by 0.43%. Zagreb's Crobex was lower by 0.41%. In Skopje, the MBI10 was up 0.85%. Istanbul's BIST100 rose 0.08%. In Athens, the General Index advanced 0.23% while in Nicosia fell 0.53%.
Botswana's DCI ticked up 0.04% and Egypt's EGX 30 fell 1.63%. Johannesburg's ASI advanced 1.03% while Lusaka's ASI was higher by 0.03%. Nigeria's ASI gained 0.36%. Namibia's Overal Index rose 1.52%. Tunisia's TUNINDEX was up 0.36%. Mauritius' SEMDEX dropped 0.99%. Uganda's ASI finished 0.16% in the green and Zimbabwe's Industrial Index grew 1.94%.
In the U.S., the Dow Jones was up 0.72% and the S&P 500 was higher by 0.45%. The Nasdaq advanced 0.69%. In Canada, the S&P TSX Composite gained 0.05%.