Global shares were mostly higher Wednesday after Wall Street capped its best quarter since 1998, shrugging off continued signs of damage from the coronavirus pandemic.
- France’s CAC 40 fell 0.2% in early trading to 4,925.53.
- Germany’s DAX gained nearly 0.7% at 12,391.72.
- Britain’s FTSE 100 was a tad higher at 6,170.51.
- U.S. shares were set to drift lower with Dow futures down 0.2% at 25,631.0. S&P 500 futures were also lower at 3,084.88. down 0.2%.
Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 slipped nearly 0.8% to finish at 22,121.73.
South Korea’s Kospi inched down nearly 0.1% to 22,121.73.
Australia’s S&P ASX 200 gained 0.6% to 5,934.40.
The Shanghai Composite rose 1.4% to 3,025.98, while trading was closed in Hong Kong for a holiday.
- Benchmark U.S. crude gained 90 cents to $40.17 a barrel.It slid 43 cents to $39.27 a barrel on Tuesday, still nearly double where it was at the end of the first quarter.
- Brent crude rose 90 cents to $42.17 a barrel.
- The U.S. dollar fell to 107.50 Japanese yen from 107.93 yen.
- The euro inched up to $1.1239 from $1.1236.