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Global stocks up, yen slips as Xi calms U.S.-China trade fears

Reuters  |  NEW YORK 

By Rodrigo Campos

(Reuters) - Global equity markets rose for the fifth session in six and the fell on Tuesday as Chinese Xi Jinping's promise to cut import tariffs eased investor concerns about an escalating U.S.-trade row.

Xi, speaking at a forum, vowed to open China's further, protect intellectual property of foreign firms and he criticized a "Cold War mentality" as obsolete, in his first public comments since the trade dispute with U.S. Donald Trump's administration erupted.

Later in the trading session in New York, Trump said via that he was "Very thankful for Xi of China's kind words regarding tariffs and automobile barriers."

Xi's comments prompted a largely positive reaction in financial markets, which have been rattled on fears that tit-for-tat U.S.-tariffs will escalate into a full-scale trade war that would threaten global growth.

"What you are seeing in the market is an alleviation of trade war fears and people trying to get back in and reposition themselves for what they hope - no trade war," said Robert Pavlik, at in

The Dow Jones Industrial Average <.DJI> rose 435.03 points, or 1.81 percent, to 24,414.13, the <.SPX> gained 43.22 points, or 1.65 percent, to 2,656.38 and the <.IXIC> added 130.92 points, or 1.88 percent, to 7,081.27.

The pan-European index <.FTEU3> rose 0.87 percent and MSCI's gauge of stocks across the globe <.MIWD00000PUS> gained 1.36 percent.

Emerging market stocks rose 1.06 percent. MSCI's broadest index of shares outside <.MIAPJ0000PUS> closed 1.27 percent higher, while Japan's Nikkei <.N225> rose 0.54 percent.

rose sharply on hopes that the trade dispute may be resolved without greater damage to the global

"This has been another huge day," said Bill Baruch, of in "There's soothing trade war fears, geopolitics, and a weaker dollar at play."

U.S. crude rose 3.66 percent to $65.74 per barrel and Brent was last at $71.22, up 3.74 percent on the day.

Xi's comments also lifted the U.S. dollar against the

"The main was the speech by China's overnight that helped to calm some concerns about a looming trade war," said Omer Esiner, with in

The weakened 0.38 percent versus the greenback at 107.19 per dollar, while Sterling was last trading at $1.4181, up 0.37 percent on the day.

The dollar index <.DXY> fell 0.26 percent, with the euro up 0.31 percent to $1.2357.

Benchmark 10-year notes last fell 4/32 in price to yield 2.7991 percent, from 2.786 percent late on Monday.

The 30-year bond last /32 in price to yield 3.0174 percent, from 3.017 percent late on Monday.


Russian assets extended Monday's slide as investors digested the new round of U.S. sanctions targeting the country's tycoons. The rouble plunged 3.9 percent against the dollar and touched 63.925 per dollar, its lowest since late 2016.

Stocks in calculated in U.S. dollars <.IRTS> fell as much as 4.8 percent after dropping more than 11 percent on Monday, but shaved most of Tuesday's loss to end down 0.4 percent.

Shares of Rusal, the highlighted prominently in the sanctions alongside its boss Oleg Deripaska, fell a further 8.7 percent in Hong Kong <0486.HK> after slumping 50 percent on Monday.

(Reporting by Rodrigo Campos, and in and Sweta Singh in Bengaluru; Editing by Nick Zieminski)

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First Published: Wed, April 11 2018. 00:38 IST