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World Shares Rebound, Investors Weigh Economy Against Diplomacy

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Global shares bounced back on Friday, with Asian stocks recovering from a threemonth low, as investors focused more on optimism about the global economic recovery than rising tensions between the West and China.

European stocks look set to open higher, with Euro Stoxx futures rising 0.8 and Britains FTSE futures gaining 0.61.

MSCIs exJapan Asia index rose 1.43 after hitting a near threemonth low on Thursday, as the Shanghai Composite Index gained 1.53, snapping a threeday losing streak.

On Thursday, Chinese shares fell near a threemonth low hit earlier in the month. The European Union joined Washingtons allies this week in imposing sanctions on officials in Chinas Xinjiang region over allegations of human rights abuses, prompting retaliatory sanctions from Beijing.

All the sanctions so far have been largely symbolic and should have little economic impact. But the SinoU.S. confrontation is affecting market sentiment. It could take some time for them to come to any compromise, said Yasutada Suzuki, head of emerging market investment at Sumitomo Mitsui Bank.

Japans Nikkei rose 1.47 after Wall Street shares staged a rally, driven by cheap, cyclical stocks that have been battered by the pandemic.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.62 and the SP 500 gained 0.52 while the Nasdaq Composite added just 0.12.

Its monthend, quarterend and for Japanese players, financial yearend, so we are seeing random flows from all kinds of players, said Masanari Takada, cross asset…

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