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Asian equities have been mixed, with attention turning to the Federal Reserve's key policy decision later in the day, while investors remain on alert for developments in the Middle East after the attack on Saudi oil facilities rocked markets.
Asian investors have cheered Donald Trump's decision to delay a hike in tariffs on Chinese goods and Beijing's announcement that it would remove a range of US products from its own planned levies.
Most Asian markets have started Monday on a positive note to build on last week's gains after China unveiled fresh stimulus measures and below-par US jobs data reinforced expectations the Federal Reserve will cut interest rates this month.
Most Asian equities and currencies have rallied Thursday, building on the previous day's advance as investors were cheered by a number of positive developments on trade, Hong Kong and Europe.
Most Asian markets have fallen as fresh Chinese and US tariffs on goods worth hundreds of billions of dollars kicked in, though Donald Trump reiterated that the two sides were still due to hold talks this month.
Asian markets have swung, gripped by uncertainty over the China-US trade talks, with warnings that Donald Trump's unpredictability could be harming the chances of an eventual agreement.
Asian markets have mostly risen ahead of a key speech by Federal Reserve boss Jerome Powell, while the pound held the previous day's rally fuelled by rekindled hopes for a soft Brexit.
Most Asian markets have risen on the back of hopes for central bank and government stimulus measures around the world, while investors were also cheered by further signs of easing tensions in the China-US trade war.
Asian markets have sunk after the Dow suffered its worst day of the year as fears of a global recession mounted with investors fleeing equities.
Asian markets have largely extended their losses despite Wall Street registering strong gains as investors remained on edge over escalating US-China trade tensions.
Equities have risen in Asian trade after the European Central Bank unveiled a fresh round of economic stimulus and another interest rate cut while a report said the US was considering a short-term trade agreement with China.
Asian markets have mostly risen with a broadly upbeat tone across trading floors ahead of major meetings at the European and US central banks, while there is also a growing sense of optimism over China-US trade talks.
Asian markets have risen again Friday as the feel-good factor that fired investors the day before looked set to push into the weekend, fuelled by upbeat data and trade optimism.
Asian markets have stuttered, with investors hobbled by uncertainty over China-US trade talks, while the pound struggled to recover after British Prime Minister Boris Johnson threatened to call a snap election to push through Brexit.
Renewed hopes for trade talks boosted most Asian equities after China said it would not retaliate against the latest US tariffs, setting up a positive end to a volatile week.
Asian markets have mostly risen, recovering from the previous day's pounding after Donald Trump said China-US trade talks would resume soon, though the president's sharp changes in tone are keeping investors on edge.
Equities have stuttered in Asia as investors took a step back after recent gains, with focus now turning to a key speech by Federal Reserve boss Jerome Powell at the end of the week.
Asian markets were jittery Friday as a modest rebound in US equities failed to ease fears over the US-China trade war and its impact on the world economy.
Asian markets have risen on bargain-hunting by investors following a week of heavy losses due to anxiety over the deepening US-China trade war.
Asian markets have fallen sharply as US President Donald Trump's decision to slap new tariffs on China ratcheted up investor fears over the trade war between the world's top two economies.
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