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Markets rebound on easing fears of Trump trade war

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London (AFP) – World stock markets roared higher Tuesday as fears eased over US President Donald Trump’s planned trade tariffs and over tension in the Korean peninsula, dealers said.

European indices rose as investors bet that Trump would not push through with extreme protectionist policies, and stocks in big European carmakers were the main beneficiaries of the relief rally.

“Stocks bounce despite trade war concerns,” Craig Erlam, senior market analyst at OANDA said, while Jasper Lawler at London Capital Group said that “risk-on trading” was making a return.

Wall Street opened higher, building on the previous day’s gains.

Asia surged earlier as shock over the controversial tariffs announcement gave way to hope that Trump may not have the full backing of his Republican party on this move.

According to Lawler, the impact of Trump’s announcement may have been dampened “thanks to relatively little interest by China in retaliating against the US”.

Markets were also buoyed by an announcement from Seoul that the leaders of North and South Korea will hold a historic summit in the Demilitarized Zone next month after Pyongyang expressed willingness to give up its nuclear weapons.

“Risk appetite has improved on headlines North Korea has expressed a willingness to talk about de-nuclearisation, according to South Korea,” analyst Fawad Razaqzada of Forex said.

Lukman Otunuga, research analyst at FXTM, described as “remarkable and somewhat alarming how the risk-off sentiment last Friday was swiftly replaced with a risk-on mood today”.

“European stocks were elevated by the renewed appetite for risk,” he added.

Republican Trump had sparked fears of a global trade war late last week when he unveiled plans to slap levies on imports of steel and aluminium, sending share prices tumbling.

 – Automakers accelerate – 

European automakers revved higher, after losing speed on worries that a trade war could hurt valuable exports into the United States.

In Frankfurt, carmakers Volkswagen and Daimler jumped by more than three percent and 1.4 percent respectively.

“A strategic target — and standing to lose the most from any possible trade war — the German auto sector is rebounding sharply, helping lift the DAX higher,” noted Interactive Investor analyst Rebecca O’Keeffe.

In Paris, Renault and Peugeot were also sharply higher.

And Milan’s benchmark FTSE MIB shares index wiped out the previous day’s losses seen after Italy’s inconclusive election outcome, and added hefty gains, outperforming its European peers.

– Key figures around 1530 GMT –

London – FTSE 100: UP 0.8 percent at 7,174.58 points

Frankfurt – DAX 30: UP 0.7 percent at 12,172.26

Paris – CAC 40: UP 0.6 percent at 5,195.52 

Milan – FTSE MIB: UP 1.7 percent at 22,196.99

EURO STOXX 50: UP 0.6 percent at 3,375.03

New York – Dow: UP 0.4 percent at 24,987.70 points

Tokyo – Nikkei 225: UP 1.8 percent at 21,417.76 (close)

Hong Kong – Hang Seng: UP 2.1 percent at 30,510.73 (close)

Shanghai – Composite: UP 1.0 percent at 3,289.64 (close)

Euro/dollar: UP at $1.2393 from $1.2336 at 2200 GMT on Monday

Pound/dollar: UP at $1.3896 from $1.3849

Dollar/yen: DOWN at 106.10 yen from 106.20 yen

Oil – Brent North Sea: UP 14 cents at $65.68 per barrel

Oil – West Texas Intermediate: UP 36 cents at $62.93

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