TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) -European markets looked set for an equally cautious session, with pan-region Euro Stoxx 50 futures down 0.14% in early trade.
German DAX futures were up 0.04%, FTSE futures were down 0.18%, and financial spreadbetters saw France’s CAC 40 opening flat.
MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was last up 0.3%, with losses in Chinese shares capping gains elsewhere in the region.
China’s blue-chip CSI300 index fell 0.3% as investors fretted over slower growth in the world’s second-largest economy and the impact of the Sino-U.S. trade war, even as new data highlighted Beijing’s efforts to boost spending.[.SS]
South Korea’s KOSPI added 0.4% after a slow start, and shares in Taiwan rose 0.1%.
The Australian market shed 0.1%, unmoved by the release of dovish minutes from the Reserve Bank of Australia’s July meeting.
Japan’s Nikkei stock index ended down nearly 0.7%.
Encouraging Chinese June data on Monday had provided some relief to investors worried about the economic outlook, but pressure on global business and investment from the trade war and slowing world growth are reinforcing expectations of policy easing by major central banks.
“A U.S. rate cut should make it easier for central banks in Asia to ease their policies, boosting domestic demand in the region,” said Yukino Yamada, senior strategist at Daiwa Securities.
“We still don’t know what to expect from the U.S.-China trade war ... But there are vague expectations that Trump will be quiet during summer and the issue will be put on the back burner until near China’s National Day (in early October),” she said.
Overnight, U.S. President Donald Trump showed no signs of softening his stance on China, warning that Washington could pile on more pressure as trade talks sputtered along.