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Global stocks rise as finance leaders back easy money

October 16, 2017 - 6:01 AM

TOKYO - Global stock markets rose Monday after leaders of global finance appealed at a weekend meeting of the International Monetary Fund for a continuation of low-interest rate policies to keep economic recoveries on track.

KEEPING SCORE: Germany's DAX rose 0.2 per cent to 13,016 and the FTSE 100 was up 0.2 per cent to 7,552. The CAC 40 of France added 0.2 per cent to 5,363. Dow and S&P 500 futures were both up 0.1 per cent.

GLOBAL FINANCE: Finance ministers declared the recovery from the 2008 financial crisis incomplete and said central banks should stick with low interest rates that make borrowing attractive to safeguard the still fragile world economy. The meeting in Washington also focused attention on the failure of such policies to fuel inflation outside of financial markets. The 189-nation IMF's communique warned there "is no room for complacency" as nations confront new challenges to global growth from a range of threats, including cyber-security attacks and more violent weather patterns linked to climate change.

ANALYST VIEWPOINT: "In the face of protectionist threats, global economies have enjoyed a synchronized upswing this year amidst a pickup in trade activity, but even then the outlook is not entirely rosy," Mizuho Bank said in a commentary. "To begin with, it is becoming increasingly evident that persistently low inflation has become a puzzle, even to central bank policymakers."

ASIA'S DAY: Japan's Nikkei 225 index added 0.5 per cent to 21,255.56 and Hong Kong's Hang Seng index surged 0.8 per cent to 28,692.80. South Korea's Kospi rose 0.3 per cent to 2,480.05 and the S&P ASX/200 advanced 0.6 per cent to 5,846.80. India's Sensex picked up 0.6 per cent to 32,612.52, but the Shanghai Composite index slipped 0.4 per cent to 3,378.47. Shares in Southeast Asia were higher.

CHINA PARTY MEETING: China's ruling Communist Party begins a congress Wednesday where President Xi Jinping, the country's most powerful leader in decades, will get a second five-year term as party leader. The meeting will be closely watched for indications of future policy at a time when the party is expanding its role in the world's second-largest economy even though strong job creation and through it poverty alleviation depend largely on the dynamism of the private sector.

ENERGY: Benchmark U.S. crude oil picked up 82 cents to $52.27 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. It gained 85 cents, or 1.7 per cent, to $51.45 a barrel on Friday. Brent crude, used to price international oils, climbed $1.17 to $58.34 per barrel. It gained 92 cents, or 1.6 per cent, to $57.17 a barrel in London.

CURRENCIES: The dollar was flat at 111.83 yen while the euro dipped to $1.1804 from $1.1820.

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