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By Rodrigo Campos
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Global equity markets rose for the fifth session in six and the Japanese yen fell on Tuesday as Chinese President Xi Jinping's promise to cut import tariffs eased investor concerns about an escalating U.S.-China trade row.
Xi, speaking at a forum, vowed to open China's economy 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. President Donald Trump's administration erupted.
Xi's comments prompted a largely positive reaction in financial markets, which have been rattled on fears that tit-for-tat U.S.-China 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, chief investment strategist at SlateStone Wealth LLC in New York.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average <.DJI> rose 435.03 points, or 1.81 percent, to 24,414.13, the S&P 500 <.SPX> gained 43.22 points, or 1.65 percent, to 2,656.38 and the Nasdaq Composite <.IXIC> added 130.92 points, or 1.88 percent, to 7,081.27.
The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index <.FTEU3> rose 0.87 percent and MSCI's gauge of stocks across the globe <.MIWD00000PUS> gained 1.36 percent.
Xi's comments also lifted the U.S. dollar against the Japanese yen.
"The main driver was the speech by China's President overnight that helped to calm some concerns about a looming trade war," said Omer Esiner, chief market strategist with Commonwealth Foreign Exchange in Washington.
The Japanese yen weakened 0.38 percent versus the greenback at 107.19 per dollar, while Sterling
The dollar index <.DXY> fell 0.26 percent, with the euro
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RUSSIA FALLS FURTHER
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 Moscow 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 aluminium giant 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.
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