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STOCKS: The major regional benchmark equity indices trade higher, benefitting
from a surge on Wall St. back on Friday after the Asia-Pacific region struggled
in the final trading session of last week.
- Optimism surrounding "progress" in the latest round of China-U.S. trade talks,
which has resulted in further talks in Washington this week, and record Chinese
bank lending via new loans in the month of January has supported sentiment early
this week.
- Nikkei 225 +1.9%, Hang Seng +1.6%, CSI 300 +2.1%, ASX 200 +0.4%.
- U.S. equity index futures trade a touch higher at writing, with the cash
equivalents closed for a national holiday.
- S&P500 +3, DJIA +42, NASDAQ 100 +13.
MNI London Bureau | +44 0203-865-3809 |
MNI London Bureau | +44 0203-865-3809 |

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