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STOCKS: Asia's major indices traded in mixed fashion as China returned from an
elongated weekend & markets struggled to digest the evolving trade war situation
alongside what appeared to be an Israeli based missile attack on Syria.
- The Nikkei 225 stuck to a tight range and went into the lunch break 0.1%
higher, consumer staples outperformed while energy names lagged following
Friday's oil sell off.
- Hong Kong's Hang Seng outperformed, gaining 1.4% as consumer orientated names
led the way higher, while China's CSI 300 added 0.3%.
- Australia's ASX 200 added 0.4% as health care names led the rally, while the
heavyweight energy & materials sectors weighed.
- US index futures benefitted as US President Trump suggested that he believes
China will come to the table re: trade, while reports suggested that North Korea
is willing to discuss denuclearisation. The e-mini S&P added 16 points, as the
mini-Dow added 150 points.
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