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Global markets: stocks down on China exec arrest; oil slips on OPEC decision delay

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By Laila Kearney

(Reuters) - Stock markets around the world sank on Thursday as the arrest of a top Chinese threatened to strain an already brittle U.S.-trade relationship, while fell after delayed an output decision.

The arrest of maker Technologies Co Ltd in for extradition to the came as and prepared for talks aimed at resolving a bitter trade spat.

Sources familiar with the probe told Meng was arrested as part of a U.S. investigation of an alleged scheme to use the global system to evade U.S. sanctions against

Wall Street tumbled in early trade before paring some losses by the close.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average <.DJI> fell 79.4 points, or 0.32 percent, to 24,947.67, the S&P 500 <.SPX> lost 4.11 points, or 0.15 percent, to 2,695.95 and the Nasdaq Composite <.IXIC> added 29.83 points, or 0.42 percent, to 7,188.26.

The pan-European STOXX 600 index <.STOXX> lost 3.09 percent and MSCI's gauge of stocks across the globe <.MIWD00000PUS> shed 1.05 percent. MSCI's broadest index of shares outside <.MIAPJ0000PUS> closed 2.04 percent lower, while Japan's Nikkei <.N225> lost 1.91 percent.

"Clearly, the arrest was the individual catalyst that caused today's moves lower," said Mark Hackett, at Nationwide.

Canadian authorities late on Wednesday said they had arrested Meng, also the daughter of Huawei's founder, on Dec. 1, the same day that U.S. and Chinese leader met at the summit in

The world's two economic superpowers had agreed on a 90-day trade truce period to hammer out a more permanent agreement, which sent global stock markets soaring on Monday. Equities reversed course the next day as uncertainty grew that the world's two largest economies could, in fact, find common ground.

"The potential slowdown in global growth is also something the markets are in," said Art Hogan, at in

Earlier this week, shorter-dated yields rose above medium-dated yields for the first time since early 2008, which fanned fears about a U.S. recession in the coming months and also sent Wall Street shares sliding.

yields fell, with 10-year yields hitting three-month lows, as worries about U.S.-trade and Brexit spurred safe-haven bids.

A U.S. derivatives regulator warned on Thursday that uncertainty over Britain's exit from the is having a "substantial" impact on some U.S. entities and markets.

Additionally, traders scaled back expectations on the number of rate hikes the Federal Reserve would implement amid weakening economic data and market volatility.

U.S. jobs data is due on Friday. If the figures show any serious weakness, markets are likely to react, said Shuji Shirota, HSBC's of macro economic strategy.

The U.S. dollar fell against major peers on lower Treasury yields and as traders scaled back rate hike expectations.

"The problem for the dollar is really a decline in U.S. yields and fading Fed expectations," said Shaun Osborne, at in

The euro was 0.26 percent higher against the dollar at $1.1373.

Gold prices, which move inversely with the dollar, held near a five-month peak as the greenback and equities slipped.

fell nearly 3 percent in choppy trading after the Organisation of the Exporting Countries ended a meeting without making a decision on crude output.

met in to decide on production policy in coordination with other countries, including Russia, and The organisation said it had agreed on a tentative deal to cut but had not yet come up with a final figure.

U.S. crude settled down 2.65 percent at $51.49 per barrel and Brent was last at $60.06, down 2.44 percent on the day.

(Reporting by Laila Kearney; Additional reporting by Marc Jones, Lewis Krauskopf, Shreyashi Sanyal, Saqib Iqbal Ahmed, Devika Krishna Kumar, Amanda Cooper; Editing by and Lisa Shumaker)

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First Published: Fri, December 07 2018. 03:46 IST
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