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World markets like reports from U.S., Chinese

Published July 1, 2014 10:08 am

Stocks • Upbeat manufacturing reports lifts markets after lackluster start to July.
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World stock markets turned higher after reports showed manufacturing activity grew in the U.S. and China. In Europe, shares in BNP Paribas rose after the French bank said it had enough funds to pay a nearly $9 billion settlement of charges it violated U.S. trade sanctions.

Market sentiment, which had been lackluster during Asian trading hours, improved after the Institute for Supply Management said U.S. manufacturing activity grew in June, albeit at a slower pace than in May.

Earlier, the equivalent report for China showed manufacturing there grew for the first time in six months, though the expansion was weak and below the historical average.

In Europe, Britain's FTSE 100 rose 0.9 percent to close at 6,802.92 while France's CAC 40 rose by the same rate to 4,461.12. Germany's DAX advanced 0.7 percent to 9,902.41.

Shares in BNP Paribas, France's biggest bank, rose 3.6 percent after it said would be able to handle the U.S. fine it got for violating sanctions. The bank processed billions of dollars in illegal transactions on behalf of clients in Sudan, Cuba and Iran that the U.S. had blacklisted to block their participation in the global financial system. The case had weighed on BNP's share price and the resolution, though it involves a massive fine, is a relief for shareholders.

In the U.S., the Dow was up 0.8 percent at 16,958.27 and the S&P 500 was up 0.7 percent at 1,973.72.

Earlier, in Asia, trading was subdued as investors appeared to shrug off the Chinese manufacturing data.

Mainland China's key benchmark, the Shanghai Composite Index, added 0.1 percent to 2,050.38. Markets in Hong Kong were closed for a public holiday.

Japan's Nikkei 225 gained 1.1 percent to 15,326.20 after the central bank released a survey showing better-than-expected business sentiment despite a decline in the April-June quarter.

Elsewhere, shares in South Korea and Australia also fell, while those in Taiwan and New Zealand gained.

In energy trading, benchmark U.S. crude for August delivery was down 29 cents to $105.09 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract fell 37 cents on Monday.

In currencies, the dollar rose to 101.50 yen from 101.32 yen late Monday. The euro slipped to $1.3680 from $1.3693.




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