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World Stocks Mixed                     09/20 06:54

   World shares were mixed on Friday, while India's benchmark jumped more than 
5% after the government announced plans to cut corporate taxes.

   BANGKOK (AP) -- World shares were mixed on Friday, while India's benchmark 
jumped more than 5% after the government announced plans to cut corporate taxes.

   Germany's DAX fell 0.1% to 12,440.12 and the CAC 40 in France lost 2.9 
points to 5,656.24. Britain's FTSE 100 gave up 0.3% to 7,334.05. Wall Street 
looked set for gains, however, with the future contracts for the Dow Jones 
industrial average and the S&P 500 up 0.2%.

   Britain's Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay was to meet with EU chief 
negotiator Michel Barnier in Brussels Friday in search of progress.

   The European Commission said Thursday it had received new documents from the 
British government as discussions resumed between the sides to try to find a 
compromise on Britain's plan to leave the bloc.

   The Sensex in Mumbai was trading 5.2% higher at 37,978.01 after the Finance 
Ministry announced a slew of tax concessions that brought the effective 
corporate tax rate for most domestic companies to just over 25% from 30%.

   India's economy, the world's 6th largest, has been growing at its slowest 
rate in five years, stymied both by domestic troubles and weakening global 
demand.

   The lower tax rates will hurt revenues but are aimed at stimulating 
investment and shoring up waning confidence.

   "The fiscal steps by the Indian government are likely to re-energize 
investor interest in the subcontinent," Jeffrey Halley of Oanda said in a 
commentary.

   "India still has a non-performing loan swamp to drain, but this is most 
definitely a step in the right direction," he said.

   Elsewhere in Asia, Japan's Nikkei 225 index gained 0.2% to 22,079.09 and the 
Shanghai Composite index rose 0.2% to 3,006.45. The Kospi in South Korea 
climbed 0.5% to 2,091.52 and Australia's S&P ASX 200 picked up 0.2% to 
6,730.80. Hong Kong's Hang Seng edged 0.1% lower, to 26,432.86.

   Expectations have remained modest as U.S. and Chinese officials meet in 
Washington to prepare for negotiations next month on a trade war that is 
hobbling regional and global growth.

   "To some extent the latest updates on U.S.-China officials having met 
face-to-face in Washington tilts the sentiment back to the positive, one to aid 
Asia markets, but it once again highlights the fragility of the market 
sentiment on this biggest risk that persists," Jingyi Pan of IG said in a 
commentary.

   ENERGY: Benchmark U.S. crude picked up 64 cents to settle at $58.83 a barrel 
in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. It's up 6.3% this 
week following the attack on a Saudi Aramco facility last weekend that 
temporarily cut the country's exports by half. Brent crude, the international 
standard, rose 54 cents to close at $64.94.

   The dollar fell to 107.87 Japanese yen from 107.92 yen on Thursday. The euro 
strengthened to $1.1059 from $1.1042.


(CZ)

 
 
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