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World shares, oil prices mixed ahead of NATO, G7, EU summit

World shares were mostly lower Thursday following a retreat on Wall Street as leaders prepared to meet in Europe to discuss the Ukraine crisis

FILE PHOTO: Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York City, US (Photo: Reuters)

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World shares were mostly lower Thursday following a retreat on Wall Street as leaders prepared to meet in Europe to discuss the Ukraine crisis.
U.S. President Joe Biden w as to attend the meetings in Brussels, where sanctions and the Russian oil embargo will likely top the agendas.
Shares rose in Moscow after Russia's exchange resumed trading under heavy restrictions nearly one month after shares plunged and the exchange was shut down following the invasion of Ukraine.
Limits are in place to prevent the kind of massive selloff that occurred in anticipation of crushing financial and economic sanctions from Western nations. Foreign shareholders will be unable to sell shares a restriction Russia imposed to counter Western sanctions against its financial system and the weakening ruble.
Trading was allowed in 33 of the 50 companies that are part of the country's benchmark MOEX index, including air carrier Aeroflot, state-owned gas producer Gazprom and the oil company Rosneft, according to a central bank announcement about the reopening.
The index was up 8.9per cent by mid-morning Moscow time.
Investors were watching to see the outcome of the meetings of NATO and a European leaders summit Thursday.
Germany's DAX lost 1.3per cent to 14,283.65. In Paris the CAC 40 declined 1.2per cent to 6,581.43. Britain's FTSE 100 lost 0.2per cent to 7,460.63. The future for the S&P 500 was 0.4per cent higher while the contract for the Dow industrials rose 0.3per cent.
In Asia, Tokyo's Nikkei 25 rose 0.3per cent to 28,110.39. In Seoul, the Kospi declined 0.5per cent to 2,729.66, while the Shanghai Composite index gave up 0.6per cent to 3,250.26.
The Hang Seng in Hong Kong sank 1per cent to 21,929.68. In Australia, the S&P/ASX 200 edged 0.1per cent higher, to 7,387.10.
On Wednesday, the S&P 500 fell 1.2per cent, with more than 80per cent of the stocks in the benchmark index closing lower. The Dow slid 1.3per cent. Both indexes are now on pace for a weekly loss.
The Nasdaq fell 1.3per cent. Smaller company stocks also lost ground. The Russell 2000 fell 1.7per cent.
Energy stocks rose as crude oil prices climbed more than 5per cent. Hess rose 4.6per cent for the biggest gain in the S&P 500.
The attack on Ukraine has pushed already surging energy and other commodity prices even higher.
Pressure points are building again with oil back on the boil, resulting in stagflation weighing on sentiment again, Stephen Innes of SPI Asset Management said in a commentary.
U.S. benchmark crude oil lost USD1.09 to USD113.84 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. It rose USD5.66 to settle at USD114.93 per barrel on Wednesday. A barrel of Brent crude, the international standard, gained 41 cents to USD118.16. per barrel. Prices are up more than 50per cent in 2022 so far, raising concerns about the impact on a wide range of consumer goods and consumer spending overall.
Many of the higher costs incurred by businesses have been passed on to consumers and higher prices for food, clothing and other goods could lead them to cut spending, resulting in slower economic growth. Central banks have been reacting by raising interest rates to try and counter the impact from inflation.
Bond yields have been rising overall as the market prepares for higher interest rates, but they eased back Wednesday. The yield on the 10-year Treasury fell to 2.33per cent from 2.37per cent from Tuesday.
Investors are awaiting the latest round of corporate earnings as the quarter comes to a close.
In currency trading, the U.S. dollar rose to USD121.64 Japanese yen from USD121.15 yen late Wednesday. The euro fell to USD1.0978 from USD1.1007.

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First Published: Mar 24 2022 | 3:17 PM IST

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