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Stocks in Asia dropped as the US threat of higher tariffs on imports from China continued to reverberate through global markets.
The pound has fallen after Britain's parliament again rejected a proposed deal to withdraw from the European Union.
Wall Street stocks rose for the fourth straight session, closing out a strong week on optimism over US-China trade talks, despite sharp drops in Netflix and Tesla Motors.
Wall Street was back in aggressive sell-off mode, with major stock indices losing more than 2% following disappointing earnings announcements from Amazon and Google parent Alphabet.
Global oil prices have fallen after top producer Saudi Arabia signaled a likely boost in supply as soon as the third quarter, and world stock markets were mixed over the sudden US move to cancel the summit with North Korea.
Asian and European stock have markets advanced with global investor sentiment boosted by a historic meeting of the leaders of North and South Korea.
Asian and European stock markets advanced with global investor sentiment boosted by a historic meeting of the leaders of North and South Korea.
Tokyo stocks have jumped after Wall Street rallied and tensions over North Korea eased, with investors on the sidelines ahead of a holiday weekend overseas.
Japanese stocks have led the way in Asia, climbing higher following a rally on Wall Street but the majority of Asian markets are closed for the Easter holiday.
Technology and petroleum-linked shares have been among the standouts as US stocks rose solidly to finish a choppy week on a positive note.
Global stocks have rallied on optimism over US-China trade talks, while the pound fell further as Britain veered closer to a potential "no deal" Brexit.
European and US stock markets leapt as positive signs emerged from US-China trade talks aimed at averting an escalation of a tariff war between the world's top two economies.
The rise of passive investing on Wall Street has concentrated stock market action in the final moments of the trading day - exacerbating steep, last-minute nosedives in stock values with increasing frequency.
World stock markets rise, seemingly unworried by a global trade war that got underway when Brussels slapped retaliatory tariffs on the United States.
Wall Street had a split finish, as energy shares slid and continued whiplash from geopolitical headlines weighed on the Dow and S&P 500 while the Nasdaq rose.
Strong earnings from Amazon and other technology companies lifted the Nasdaq for a second straight session, also boosting the broader market.
Europe's main stock markets climbed at the start of trading underpinned by gains in Asia and Wall Street as traders around the world welcomed a historic meeting between the leaders of North and South Korea.
Wall Street stocks finished on a positive note, rallying ahead of a holiday weekend, but were down for the quarter for the first time in nearly three years.
Wall Street stocks have finished mostly higher as bargain hunting of technology shares offset worries after President Donald Trump vowed tariffs on imported steel and aluminum.
US stocks have plunged on worries about rising interest rates following a better-than-expected jobs report as the torrid Wall Street rally that opened the year flamed out dramatically.
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