Asian markets traded mixed on Thursday as a positive lead from Wall Street was offset by a mixed bag of Chinese data that reinforced concerns about the world's second biggest economy.
Government data showed China’s industrial output grew an annual 5.3 percent in the first two months of 2019, falling to a 17-year low, according to Reuters.
European markets closed in the green with the French benchmark index reaching levels not seen in five months, just moments before the closing bell. Investors also reacted to Brexit developments in the U.K.
Last night, U.K. lawmakers rejected the idea of leaving the European Union without a Brexit deal, setting up another vote expected to be tabled soon after the end of the trading session whether its official departure date should be extended.
Across the Atlantic, equities on Wall Street finished the session mixed as uncertainty over when a trade deal between the United States and China would be reached has left investors on edge. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Washington was waiting for the "right deal" with Beijing.
World Markets Headlines Today
Hong Kong shares flat as investors weigh China data (Nikkei Asian Review)
India: Sensex, Nifty erase gains, Reliance Industries hits life high (Mint)
Australia: Stocks snap losing streak (The Australian Business Review)
European Shares To Open Mixed After China Data (RTT News)
European markets open slightly higher amid Brexit confusion (CNBC)
European markets are mixed today (CNN Money)
U.S. Stocks Fluctuate as Dollar Resumes Advance (CNBC)
Stocks struggle for altitude as investors parse trade news, weak Chinese economic data (Marketwatch)
Dow Moves Higher as S&P and Nasdaq Aim for Fourth Day of Gains (The Street)
Gold prices dip on dollar recovery and Brexit relief, Oil prices rise amid OPEC supply cuts, sanctions on Venezuela and Iran (Reuters)
All Continents Stock Indices Closing Prices
Japan's Nikkei ticked down 0.02% and Shanghai's Composite Index lost 1.20%. Shenzhen's composite slumped 2.07%. Hong Kong's Hang Seng was up 0.15%. Mumbai’s Sensex ticked up 0.01% while the NIFTY 50 added 0.01%. Australia’s ASX200 climbed 0.30%. Singapore's STI rose 0.07% and Seoul’s KOSPI grew 0.34%.Thailand’s SET dropped 0.23% while Jakarta's Composite added 0.56%. Malaysia's KLCI was lower by 0.22%. Taiwan's TWII decreased by 0.24%.
The Paneuropean STOXX 600 was up 0.78%. London’s FTSE grew 0.37% and Germany’s DAX added 0.13%. France’s CAC increased by 0.82%. Amsterdam’s AEX gained 0.91%
and Belgium’s BEL20 rose 0.34%. In Lisbon, the PSI20 climbed 1.26%. Moscow’s IMOEX
fell 0.52% and Milan’s FTSE MIB finished the day 0.62% in the red. Spain's IBEX35 was higher by 0.19%.
The Swiss Market Index moved up 1.01%. In Scandinavia, Oslo’s OBX increased by 1.04%. Helsinki’s OMXHPI gained 1.51%. Stockholm’s OMXS30 ended stronger by 1.14%. Copenhagen’s OMXC25 bounced higher 0.70%.
In Central Eastern Europe, Budapest’s BUX added 1.09% while Prague's PX advanced 0.64%. Warsaw’s WIG was up 0.18%. Bratislava’s SAX gained 0.07% In the Baltics, OMX Tallinn dropped 0.13%, OMX Riga fell 0.23% while OMX Vilnius climbed 0.23%.
In Southeastern Europe, Bucharest's BET ticked up 0.01% and Sofia's SOFIX increased by 0.13%. Belgrade's Belex 15 rose 0.23% while Podgorica's MNSE10 dropped 0.07%. Sarajevo's SASX grew 0.83% while Banja Luka's BIRS was off 0.32%. Ljubljana's SBITOP weakened 0.39% and Zagreb's CROBEX moved up 0.15%. Skopje's MBI10 gained 0.15%. Istanbul’s BIST100 was up 0.23%. In Athens, the General Index ended 1.37% stronger and in Nicosia advanced 1.53%.
Dar Es Salaam's DCI fell 0.08%. Egypt's EGX30 was down 0.89%. Ghana's CI was off 0.12% and Johannesburg's ASI lost 0.07%. Lusaka's ASI weakened 0.34% and Casablanca's MASI was lower by 1.03%. Nigeria's ASI was down 0.48%. Nairobi's ASI was up 0.63%. In Mauritius, the ASI ticked down 0.05%. Uganda's ASI decreased by 0.56% and Zimbabwe's Industrial Index was up 1.00%.
In the U.S., the Dow Jones ticked up 0.03% and the S&P 500 was off 0.09%. The Nasdaq was down 0.16%. Canada's S&P/TSX Composite fell 0.39%. Brazil's Bovespa lost 0.30% while Mexico's IPC was lower by 0.37%. Chile's IPSA weakened 0.28%.