March 26, 2018 / 9:14 PM / a year ago

UPDATE 1-Asia Morning Call-Global Markets

    March 27 (Reuters) - 
 Stock Markets                  Net Chng    Stock Markets                    Net Chng
 S&P/ASX 200**   5,790.5        -30.2       NZX 50**            8,476.17     43.76
 DJIA**          24,202.6       669.40      NIKKEI**            20,766.1     148.24
 Nasdaq**        7,220.543      227.877     FTSE**              6,888.69     -33.25
 S&P 500**       2,658.55       70.29       Hang Seng**         30,548.77    239.48
 SPI 200 Fut     5,811          33.00       STI**               3,412.46     -8.93
 SSEC**          3,133.9238     -18.84      KOSPI**             2,437.08     20.32
 Bonds                          Net Chng    Bonds                            Net Chng
 JP 10 YR Bond   0.024          0           KR 10 YR Bond       2.687        0.039
 AU 10 YR Bond   2.694          0.036       US 10 YR Bond       2.852        0.026
 NZ 10 YR Bond   2.83           0.025       US 30 YR Bond       3.0859       0.012
 Currencies                     Net Chng                                     Net Chng
 SGD US$         1.3083         0.0002      KRW US$             1,074.53     -0.16
 AUD US$         0.77465        -0.00035    NZD US$             0.7295       -0.0002
 EUR US$         1.2446         0.0004      Yen US$             105.4        0
 THB US$         31.13          0.01        PHP US$             52.131       -0.234
 IDR US$         13,735         -45         INR US$             64.82        -0.16
 MYR US$         3.894          -0.021      TWD US$             29.153       -0.017
 CNY US$         6.2807         -0.0425     HKD US$             7.8456       -0.0001
 Commodities                    Net Chng                                     Net Chng
 Spot Gold       1,353.06       6.3         Silver (Lon)        16.656       0.136
 U.S. Gold Fut   1,353.4        3.5         Brent Crude         70.05        -0.4
 Iron Ore        CNY440         1.5         TRJCRB Index        -            -
 TOCOM Rubber    JPY176.5       2           LME Copper          6,623.5      -36.5
    ** indicates closing price 
    All prices as of 21:12 GMT

    GLOBAL - 
    Stocks rose almost everywhere on Monday, reflecting optimism that the United States
and China are set to begin negotiations on trade.
    MSCI's world equity index, which tracks shares in 47 countries,
rose 1.53 percent after touching its level since Feb. 9, stirred by expectations that
U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin would try to reach an agreement with China.
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    NEW YORK - 
    Wall Street scored its best day in 2-1/2 years and the Dow Jones Industrial Average
saw its third-biggest point gain ever on Monday, as trade war fears eased on reports
the United States and China are willing to renegotiate tariffs and trade imbalances.
    The rally, fueled by technology stocks, came on the heels of the indexes' worst
weekly performance since January 2016, the S&P 500's gain making up for less
than half of the prior week's near 6 percent loss.
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    LONDON - 
    European shares fell on Monday as a late surge in the euro and diplomatic tensions
with Russia more than offset hopes that the protectionist shift in U.S. trade policy
may be more selective and tactical than first feared.
    The regional STOXX 600 benchmark fell 0.7 percent to its lowest level
since February 2017, having earlier gained as much as 0.6 percent following reports the
United States and China had quietly started negotiations to improve U.S. access to
Chinese markets.
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    TOKYO - 
    Japan's Nikkei share average rose on Monday in choppy trade, bouncing from a
six-month low early in the session as investors covered their short positions and
snapped up stocks which will go ex-dividend this week.
    The Nikkei ended 0.7 percent higher at 20,766.10 points, after hitting an
early low of 20,347.49, the weakest since late September.
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    China stocks pared their losses on Monday after reports emerged the United States
and China have started talks to improve U.S. access to Chinese markets, easing fears of
a trade war between the two economic giants that have rocked global markets.
    At the close, the Shanghai Composite index was down 0.6 percent at
3,133.72, while the blue-chip CSI300 index also lost 0.6 percent at 3,879.89.
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    Australian shares are likely to open higher on Tuesday, tracking a surge on Wall
Street, as trade war fears eased on reports that U.S. and China are set to begin
negotiations on trade. 
    The local share price index futures rose 0.6 percent or 33 points to
5,811, a 20.5-point premium to the underlying S&P/ASX 200 index close. The
benchmark declined 0.5 percent on Monday.
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    SEOUL - 
    South Korea's KOSPI stock index strengthened on Monday. 
     At 06:30 GMT, the KOSPI closed 20.32 points, or 0.84 percent, higher at 2,437.08.
The benchmark index was supported by purchases from individual investors
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    NEW YORK -  
    The U.S. dollar fell to a five-week low against a basket of major currencies on
Monday, as optimism that the United States and China are set to begin negotiations on
trade helped ease fears of a trade war and investors' appetite for risk improved.
    The dollar index, which measures the greenback against a basket of six other
major currencies, was down 0.44 percent at 89.044, after slipping to a five-week low of
    For a full report, click on

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    China's yuan reversed earlier losses and strengthened against the dollar on Monday
afternoon, when the dollar remained weak globally and worries about a possible trade
war between the United Stated and China eased.
    The spot market opened at 6.3100 per dollar and settled at 6.2849 by the
closing bell at onshore trading session.
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    The Australian and New Zealand dollars bounced on Monday as investors saw some
light at the end of the tunnel after South Korea won a reprieve from U.S. steel
tariffs, rekindling hopes a full-blown global trade war might not materialise.
    The Australian dollar rose 0.6 percent to 81.07 yen after going as deep
as 80.51 on Friday, the lowest since November 2016. 
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    SEOUL - 
    The Korean won and bond yields rose on Monday.
    The won was quoted at 1,081.1 per dollar on the onshore settlement platform
, 0.1 percent firmer than its previous close at 1,082.2.
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    NEW YORK - 
    U.S. Treasury yields rose and the yield curve flattened on Monday following a
lackluster two-year note auction, in a test of investor appetite following last week's
strong run spurred by nervousness about a global trade war.
    The $30 billion two-year note supply, together with $51 billion in three-month
bills and $45 billion in six-month bills, were part of this week's record high $294
billion of debt.
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    LONDON - 
    The premium that investors demand to hold Spanish bonds over top-rated Germany fell
to six-week lows on Monday after the country's second ratings upgrade of the year led
to a further outperformance of its bond market over euro zone peers.
    Bond yields across the euro area were higher as reports that the United States and
China have started negotiations to improve U.S. access to Chinese markets eased fears
of a trade war and reduced the appeal of fixed income.
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    TOKYO - 
    Japanese government bond prices eased slightly on Monday, supported by a recovery
in domestic shares, though trade remained dull in a cautious market ahead of the
financial year-end.
    Ten-year JGB futures fell 0.03 point to 150.96,
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    Gold prices rose to more than five-week highs on Monday after the United States
said it would expel 60 Russian diplomats, prompting investor flight into assets
considered safe havens.
    Spot gold was up 0.6 percent at $1,354.62 per ounce by 1:33 p.m. EDT (1733 GMT),
while U.S. gold futures for April delivery settled up $5.10, or 0.4 percent, at
$1,355 per ounce.
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    Chinese steel futures fell for a third straight session on Monday to their lowest
in more than eight months, as investors remained worried over the trade spat between
the United States and China and the continued weakness in steel demand.
    The most active rebar on the Shanghai Futures Exchange fell as much as 3.7
percent to a session low of 3,333 yuan ($527.92) a tonne, the lowest since July 7,
2017. It closed 2.8 percent lower at 3,363 yuan a tonne.
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    Copper slid to its lowest since early December on Monday, weighed down by a sharp
rise in stockpiles and simmering concerns over the outlook for U.S.-China trade
    U.S. President Donald Trump signed a memorandum on Friday that could impose up to
$60 billion in import tariffs on Chinese goods. That sparked a sharp drop in equities,
with the Dow Jones Industrial Average falling more than 400 points.
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    Crude oil futures slipped on Monday as investors cashed in some profits from last
week's rally but concerns about Saudi-Iran tensions kept losses in check.
    Brent crude futures slipped 33 cents, or 0.5 percent, to settle at $70.12 a
barrel. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures also lost half a
percent, or 33 cents, to end at $65.55.
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    Malaysian palm oil futures rebounded from losses earlier in the day to rise on
Monday evening, lifted by improving export data and technical buying.
    The benchmark palm oil contract for June delivery on the Bursa Malaysia
Derivatives Exchange was up 0.25 percent to 2,434 ringgit ($625.06) a tonne at the
close. It earlier fell to 2,412 ringgit, its lowest since March 20.
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    Benchmark Tokyo rubber futures bounced back from a 17-month low hit in early
trading on Monday to close up a little more than 1 percent, but were still pressured by
a stronger yen and weaker Shanghai futures.
    Tokyo Commodity Exchange (TOCOM) futures, which set the tone for rubber prices in
Southeast Asia, have also been dragged down by rising rubber stockpiles in Japan and
China, as well as worries over slack demand amid rising trade tensions between the
world's top two economies.
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