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Global stocks gain after Wall Street rally

February 26, 2018 - 1:11 AM

BEIJING - Global stocks rose Monday after Wall Street rallied as investors looked ahead to the U.S. Federal Reserve chairman's congressional testimony this week for insights into its economic outlook.

KEEPING SCORE: In early trading, Germany's DAX rose 0.9 per cent to 12,593.90 and France's CAC 40 added 0.7 per cent to 5,354.06. Britain's FTSE 100 advanced 0.5 per cent to 7,279.40. On Friday, the DAX and CAC 40 both gained 0.2 per cent while the FTSE slid 0.1 per cent. On Wall Street, the future for the Dow Jones industrial average rose 0.4 per cent while that for the Standard & Poor's 500 index was little-changed.

ASIA'S DAY: The Shanghai Composite Index rose 1.2 per cent while Tokyo's Nikkei 225 gained 1.2 per cent to 22,153.62. Hong Kong's Hang Seng advanced 0.7 per cent to 31,498.60 and Sydney's S&P-ASX 200 added 0.7 per cent to 6,042.20. India's Sensex was up 0.8 per cent at 34,400.63 and benchmarks in Taiwan, New Zealand and Southeast Asia also rose. Jakarta declined.

WALL STREET: Wall Street capped several days of choppy trading with a rally that gave the stock market a modest gain for the week. Technology companies, banks and health care stocks accounted for much of the market's gains. Energy companies also rose along with crude oil prices. The S&P climbed 1.6 per cent while the Dow picked up 1.4 per cent. The Nasdaq composite gained 1.8 per cent.

FED WATCH: Investors are looking to Chairman Jerome Powell's testimony Tuesday for insight into the Fed's outlook. Private sector analysts expect few significant changes in forecasts U.S. inflation will rise toward its 2 per cent target and wage growth will stay moderate. Some traders are looking for the Fed to affirm a gradual pace of one interest rate hike per quarter this year.

ANALYST'S TAKE: "Obviously the biggest aspect from Fed Powell's first testimony to Congress to watch would be comments surrounding interest rate and inflation expectations, but one should not be surprised if the Fed chair rehashes the current rhetoric in order to not rock the market," said Jingyi Pan of IG in a report. "Over and above the views on rates, insights into the recent bout of volatility and debt concerns may also be market-moving pieces."

THIS WEEK: A Chinese industry group releases its February manufacturing barometer Tuesday amid expectations it may show activity edging down due to the Lunar New Year holiday leaving the month with fewer work days. Also Tuesday, the South Korean central bank holds a policy meeting, but forecasters expect no additional rate hike. On Wednesday, India reports fourth quarter gross domestic product; the consensus calls for 6.9 per cent growth over a year earlier. India's central bank is due to release minutes of its February meeting. On Thursday, Australia reports private investment growth.

ENERGY: Benchmark U.S. crude shed 1 cent to $63.54 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract rose 78 cents on Friday to close at $63.55. Brent crude, used to price international oils, lost 1 cent to $67.29 in London. It jumped 92 cents the previous session to $67.31.

CURRENCY: The dollar declined to 106.62 yen from Friday's 106.88. The euro gained to $1.2321 from $1.2298.

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