Global stocks rise after Trump tariff extension

A currency trader watches monitors at the foreign exchange dealing room of the KEB Hana Bank headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Feb. 25, 2019. Most Asian stock markets rose Monday after U.S. President Donald Trump said he would postpone a March 1 deadline for a U.S. tariff hike on Chinese imports following weekend talks on a battle over Beijing's technology ambitions. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Global stocks rise after Trump postpones tariff hike on Chinese goods following 'substantial progress' in negotiations

BEIJING — China's main stock index jumped to an eight-month high Monday and other global markets advanced after President Donald Trump agreed to postpone a tariff hike on Chinese goods.

In early trading, London's FTSE 100 rose 0.4 percent and Germany's DAX gained 0.6 percent following Trump's announcement after talks on a fight over Beijing's technology ambitions. Trump said the negotiations in Washington made "substantial progress."

The Shanghai Composite Index rose 5.6 percent to 2,961.28, its highest close since June 15.

Trump said he would postpone a March 1 deadline for 10 percent punitive tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese imports to rise to 25 percent but set no new date.

The fight threatens to disrupt global trade and weigh on economic growth that shows signs of faltering. Investors also are watching February manufacturing indicators due out this week for signs of further deceleration in global activity.

Trump's announcement should reassure financial markets, but stock gains might be limited because prices already had risen in expectation of such a move, analysts said.

"The latest news may not offer a significant boost to start the week," Tai Hui of J.P. Morgan Asset Management said in a report. "Nonetheless, it helps to underpin positive investor sentiment."

The FTSE 100 rose to 7,208.15 and the DAX advanced to 11,526.93.

Tokyo's Nikkei 225 advanced 0.5 percent to 21,528.23 while Hong Kong's Hang Seng added 0.5 percent to 28,959.30.

On Wall Street, the future for the Standard & Poor's 500 index rose 0.3 percent. That for the Dow Jones Industrial Average advanced 0.4 percent.

Seoul's Kospi gained 2 points to 2,232.56. India's Sensex advanced 0.5 percent to 35,950.50 and Sydney's S&P-ASX 200 rose 0.3 percent to 6,186.30.

New Zealand, Taiwan and Southeast Asia advanced.

The world's two biggest economies have raised tariffs on billions of dollars of each other's goods in the fight over U.S. complaints Beijing steals or pressures companies to hand over technology.

Washington wants China to roll back plans for government-led creation of global competitors in robotics and other technologies. Europe, Japan and other trading partners echo U.S. complaints those violate Beijing's free-trade obligations.

ENERGY: Benchmark U.S. crude lost 6 cents to $57.19 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract gained 30 cents to $57.26 on Friday. Brent crude, used to price international oils, lost 12 cents to $66.97 per barrel in London. It added 5 cents the previous session to $67.12.

CURRENCY: The dollar declined to 110.65 yen from Friday's 110.68 yen. The euro advanced to $1.1347 from $1.1333.

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