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Global equities tend to be higher despite trade uncertainty



Global equities were mostly higher on Friday as investors weighed as US-US trade tensions could escalate.

KNOWLEDGE: France's CAC 40 rose 1.4 percent to 5,348.59 in early trading. The German DAX rose by 1.5 percent to 12,348.90. Britain's FTSE 100 rose 1.1 percent to 7,696.88. US stocks should rise 0.7 percent to 24,382 with Dow futures. S & P 500 futures also rose 0.6 percent to 2,735.10

ASIA'S DAY: Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 improved by just 0.2 percent to 22,304.51, while the Australian S & P / ASX 200 fell 0.3 percent to 6,194.60. South Korea's Kospi rose 0.5 percent to 2,326.13. Hang Seng in Hong Kong rose 1

.6 percent to 28,942.56, while the Shanghai Composite Index rose 2.2 percent to 2,847.42.

WALL STREET: The S & P 500 Index gained 0.6 percent to 2,716.31. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.4 percent to 24,216.05 and the Nasdaq Composite advanced 0.8 percent to 7,503.68. The Russell 2000 Small Business Share Index rose 0.3 percent to 1,645.02.

TRADE CONNECTIONS: US President Donald Trump's threat of tariff increases of up to $ 450 billion on Chinese products reflects fears that Beijing's plans are a threat to US technology leadership of wealth. This has sparked global concerns about how free trade could harm the economy and industry, but markets are still not sure what impact that might have.

THE QUOTE: "Risk appetite has strengthened noticeably due to new headlines trading voltages," said Chang Wei Liang of Mizuho Bank in Singapore.

ENERGY: Benchmark US crude fell 18 cents to $ 73.27. In New York, it rose 0.9 percent overnight to $ 73.45 a barrel. Brent crude, used for international oil prices, rose 20 cents to $ 77.81 a barrel.

CURRENCIES: The dollar jumped from 110.50 yen on Thursday to 110.63 yen. The Euro climbed from $ 1.1567 to $ 1.1627.

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