OPENING CALL: The Australian share market is expected to open higher. The SPI200 futures contract expected to open up 8 points.
Saudi Aramco priced its initial public offering Thursday at the high end of the targeted range to give the oil giant a total value of $1.7 trillion in the world’s biggest-ever IPO.
Moncler’s main shareholder and chief executive Remo Ruffini threw cold water on reports that the company has held exploratory talks with French luxury-goods conglomerate Kering over a possible deal.
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U.S. stocks edged higher intraday as investors parsed the latest headlines on the trade dispute with China and looked ahead to Friday’s jobs report.
The S&P 500 rose 0.2%, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 0.1%. The Nasdaq Composite inched up less than 0.1%.
Trade-related news has driven markets this week. China again offered reassurance Thursday on the state of trade talks between the world’s two largest economies, with a spokesman for China’s Commerce Ministry saying the negotiating teams have maintained close communications.
The British pound has been on a roll of late, climbing against both the dollar and the euro on expectations the Conservative party will secure a majority in the Dec. 12 general election.
The pound reached a fresh five-month high against the U.S. dollar. With a majority in Parliament, Prime Minister Boris Johnson intends to pass a withdrawal agreement bill to exit the European Union. Johnson would then have to negotiate a trade deal with the E.U.
The U.S. dollar, as measured by the ICE U.S. Dollar Index, fell 0.2% to 97.43 against a basket of a half-dozen currency peers, extending a weeklong slide.
European markets were mostly lower as trade jitters continue to unsettle investors on both sides of the Atlantic. The Stoxx Europe 600 was down 0.1%, the FTSE 100 was off 0.7% and the DAX fell 0.65%, though the CAC-40 edged higher.
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