Shares were mixed Friday, with European stock benchmarks slipping after a day of gains in Asia.
KEEPING SCORE: In early trading, Germany’s DAX index edged 0.1 percent lower to 12,454.01 points and France’s CAC 40 lost 0.1 percent to 5,303.40. London’s FTSE 100 was off 0.2 percent at 7,234.96. On Wall Street, the future for the Dow Jones industrial average was up 0.3 percent and that for the Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 0.2 percent.
ASIA’S DAY: The Shanghai Composite Index gained 0.6 percent to 3,289.02 and Tokyo’s Nikkei 225 advanced 0.7 percent to 21,892.78. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng added 1 percent to 31,267.17 and Seoul’s Kospi rose 1.5 percent to 2,451.52. Sydney’s S&P-ASX 200 climbed 0.8 percent to 5,999.80 and India’s Sensex was up 0.8 percent at 34,099.90. Benchmarks in New Zealand, Taiwan and Southeast Asia also gained.
WALL STREET: Gains in industrial companies and other sectors outweighed losses in banks and health care stocks. Energy companies rose after crude oil prices recovered from an early slide. Bond yields declined from four-year highs amid fears of higher inflation and interest rates. The S&P gained 0.1 percent and the Dow added 0.7 percent, while the Nasdaq declined 0.1 percent.
ANALYST’S TAKE: “While we remain of the view that the pullback in share markets this month is a correction as opposed to the start of a new bear market, it remains premature to conclude that its over as it will take a while for markets to adjust to higher inflation, a more aggressive Fed and higher bond yields,” said Shane Oliver of AMP Capital in a report.
CHINA INSURANCE: Prosecutors announced the founder of one of China’s biggest insurers, who had discussed possibly investing in a Manhattan skyscraper owned by the family of U.S. President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, has been charged with financial offenses. Regulators took control of his company. Anbang Insurance Group chairman Wu Xiaohui is charged with improper fundraising and “taking others’ money.” Government announcements gave no indication the charges are linked to Wu’s talks with Jared Kushner’s family, which ended last March with no deal.
JAPAN INFLATION: Japanese inflation edged up but stayed well below the central bank’s target. The headline measure of consumer prices rose 1.4 percent in January, up from the previous month’s 1 percent and its highest level in 3? years. The central bank’s measure of core inflation, which strips out energy and fresh food, advanced to 0.4 percent from December’s 0.3 percent. “The upshot is that the Bank of Japan’s 2 percent inflation target remains out of reach,” said Marcel Thieliant of Capital Economics in a report.
ENERGY: Benchmark U.S. crude lost 11 cents to $62.66 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract surged $1.09 on Thursday to close at $62.77. Brent crude, used to price international oils, shed 11 cents to $66.28. It jumped 97 cents the previous session to $66.39.
CURRENCY: The dollar gained to 106.88 yen from Thursday’s 106.75 yen. The euro edged down to $1.2299 from $1.2330.