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EQUITIES

Equities performed well in the Asia-Pac session, but have retreated from early highs in European trading. Quadruple Witching expiries eyed.

  • Asian stocks closed higher, with Japan's NIKKEI up 176.71 pts or +0.58% at 30500.05 and the TOPIX up 10.01 pts or +0.48% at 2100.17. China's SHANGHAI closed up 6.874 pts or +0.19% at 3613.966 and the HANG SENG ended 252.91 pts higher or +1.03% at 24920.76
  • European stocks are weaker, with the German Dax down 44.85 pts or -0.29% at 15651.75, FTSE 100 up 0.31 pts or +0% at 7027.48, CAC 40 down 1.49 pts or -0.02% at 6622.59 and Euro Stoxx 50 down 13.72 pts or -0.33% at 4169.87.
  • U.S. futures are lower, with the Dow Jones mini down 70 pts or -0.2% at 34679, S&P 500 mini down 13.75 pts or -0.31% at 4460.5, NASDAQ mini down 41.25 pts or -0.27% at 15476.5.

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