Global stocks mostly rose Monday, shrugging off misgivings over a contentious G20 meeting ahead of highly-anticipated testimony by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen and second quarter earnings reports later in the week.
Equity markets in Asia and Europe were generally higher, while US indices were mixed, with the Nasdaq rising and the Dow retreating slightly.
Analysts said investors were cheered by the surprisingly strong US jobs report Friday, which helped lift the dollar slightly.
The jobs data could “play nicely into the Fed’s hands and strengthen their views in favour of another rate hike this year,” said ADS Securities analyst Konstantinos Anthis.
Key events later this week include the congressional appearance by Yellen, who will update lawmakers on the outlook for the US economy and her expectations for additional interest rate increases in her twice-annual appearance before congressional committees.
US earnings season gets underway in earnest on Friday with reports from JPMorgan Chase and other large banks. Banks are flush with cash after clearing the Federal Reserve stress tests, raising the prospect that financial giants could turn to acquisitions as a way to grow.
A fractious Group of 20 leaders summit concluded Saturday with a communique that revealed the gulf in views on climate change, acknowledging President Donald Trump’s decision to take the United States out of the 2015 Paris deal and clearly stating Washington’s wish to continue using and selling fossil fuels that are a main driver of global warming.
Shares of Amazon, Facebook and Google-parent Alphabet climbed more than one percent.
Retailers, meanwhile, suffered a blow after Abercrombie & Fitch called off talks related to its possible acquisition after receiving inquiries from possible suitors. Abercrombie plummeted 21.2 percent.
Shares in Wanda Hotel Development soared almost 50 percent after its parent said it would sell dozens of hotels and other projects to developer Sunac China Holdings in a US$9.3-billion deal aimed at reducing debt.
Also in Hong Kong, state-run Cosco Shipping jumped 5.4 percent on news it would pay US$6.3 billion for Orient Overseas International Ltd, creating a global shipping titan. Orient soared 20 percent.
New York – DOW: DOWN less than 0.1 percent at 21,408.52 (close)
New York – S&P 500: UP 0.1 percent at 2,427.43 (close)
New York – Nasdaq: UP 0.4 percent at 6,176.39 (close)
Euro/dollar: DOWN at $1.1399 from $1.1403
Pound/dollar: DOWN at $1.2879 from $1.2881
Oil – Brent North Sea: UP 17 cents at $46.88 per barrel
Oil – West Texas Intermediate: UP 17 cents at $44.40 per barrel
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