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Asian stocks lifted by U.S.-China trade talk hopes

Reuters  |  TOKYO 

By Shinichi Saoshiro

(Reuters) - Asian stocks pulled ahead and safe-haven government bonds came under further pressure on Wednesday on optimism the and might be able to hammer out a deal to resolve their nearly year-long trade dispute.

MSCI's broadest index of shares outside rose 0.2 percent.

South Korea's KOSPI gained 0.5 percent and Japan's Nikkei climbed 1 percent.

took its cue from Wall Street, where the Dow and Nasdaq each rallied about 1.5 percent overnight on optimism over U.S.-trade negotiations and a tentative U.S. congressional spending deal to avert another partial government shutdown.

U.S. said on Tuesday that he could see letting the March 1 deadline for reaching a trade agreement with slide a little if the two sides were close to a complete deal.

Officials in and had expressed hopes that a new round of talks which began this week would bring them nearer to easing their seven-month trade war.

"We are currently seeing negative sentiment which had built up over trade concerns and U.S. fiscal issues being unwound," said Soichiro Monji, at in

"For risk assets to move purely on optimism, the U.S.-China trade row will need to see some kind of a closure in March. A more permanent solution to avoid a shutdown is also necessary. It has to be remembered that we are not there yet."

U.S. congressional negotiators cobbled together a tentative bipartisan border security deal late on Monday to avert another partial government shutdown. However, Trump on Tuesday expressed displeasure with the agreement and said he had yet to decide whether to support it.

With risk aversion ebbing for the time being, safe-haven government bonds were sold and their yields rose. The 10-year note yield extended an overnight rise and edged up to a near one-week high of 2.694 percent.

The dollar was on the defensive as investors shifted their money to riskier assets amid the U.S.-China trade-talk hopes.

The dollar index stood at 96.701 after its eight-day winning run came to an end overnight to push it away from a two-month peak.

The euro was a shade higher at $1.1333 having gained 0.5 percent the previous day, when it bounced from a three-month low of $1.1258.

The dollar was steady at 110.53 yen.

In commodities, U.S. were up 0.73 percent at $53.49 per barrel after rallying 1.3 percent on Tuesday.

surged on Tuesday after OPEC figures showed it cut production sharply in January, and as lead member said it would reduce its output in March by an additional 500,000 barrels.

(For a graphic on Asian stock markets, click here https://tmsnrt.rs/2zpUAr4)

(Editinbg by Shri Navaratnam)

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First Published: Wed, February 13 2019. 06:05 IST
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