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Energy shares lead Asian markets lower on big US oil buildup

HONG KONG (AP) -- Asian stock markets were mostly lower Thursday after news of a big buildup in U.S. oil stockpiles depressed crude prices and shares of energy companies. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 index climbed 0.2 percent to 19,283.65 but South Korea's Kospi dipped 0.1 percent to 2,093.72. Hong Kong's Hang Seng lost 1 percent to 23,528.77 and the Shanghai Composite index in mainland China slid 0.9 percent to 3,213.16.

Global stocks waver after Wall Street losses

LONDON (AP) -- Global stock markets traded on a soft note Wednesday after Wall Street fell for a second day following U.S. President Donald Trump's comments about reducing drug prices. KEEPING SCORE: In Europe, the FTSE 100 index of leading British shares was down 0.2 percent at 7,325 while the CAC 40 in France was flat at 4,953. Germany's DAX was up 0.1 percent at 11,976.

Asian stocks lower after Wall Street losses

BEIJING (AP) -- Asian stocks declined Wednesday after Wall Street retreated for a second day following President Donald Trump's comments about reducing drug prices. KEEPING SCORE: Tokyo's Nikkei 225 index declined 0.5 percent to 19,246.64 and the Shanghai Composite Index lost 0.1 percent to 3,237.70. Sydney's S&P-ASX 200 shed 0.3 percent to 5,745.50 and Seoul's Kospi was off just under 0.1 percent at 2,092.81. Hong Kong's Hang Seng gained 0.1 percent to 23,697.

Markets steady as focus turns toward upcoming US jobs data

LONDON (AP) -- Global stock markets traded in narrow ranges Tuesday as traders took a breather ahead of upcoming U.S. jobs data that could cement market expectations for another U.S. interest rate rise next week. KEEPING SCORE: In Europe, Germany's DAX was up 0.1 percent at 11,972 while the FTSE 100 index of leading British shares rose 0.1 percent to 7,353. The CAC 40 in France underperformed its peers, trading 0.3 percent lower at 4,958.

Asian shares mostly higher despite pullback on Wall Street

TOKYO (AP) -- Asian shares were mostly higher on Tuesday with little major news to drive trading. Japan's benchmark edged lower, while Hong Kong's Hang Seng index rose as China's finance minister expressed confidence over the government's ability to handle rising levels of debt. KEEPING SCORE: The Nikkei 225 stock index in Tokyo edged 0.2 percent lower to 19,345.49 but most other indexes gained. The Hang Seng gained 0.3 percent to 23,673.

Global stocks mostly lower after NKorea launches missiles

TOKYO (AP) -- Global stocks mostly fell Monday following North Korea's launch of missiles into seas near Japan, although Chinese share benchmarks rose on optimism about the economic outlook. KEEPING SCORE: France's CAC 40 slipped 0.4 percent to 4,973 while Britain's FTSE 100 lost 0.3 percent to 7,350. Germany's DAX fell 0.

China markets buoyed by optimism over growth outlook

TOKYO (AP) -- Chinese share benchmarks rose Monday on optimism about the economic outlook after the annual session of the National People's Congress opened in Beijing, while Tokyo's Nikkei 225 index drooped following North Korea's launch of missiles into seas near Japan. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's Nikkei 225 stock index fell 0.5 percent to 19,365.80 in morning trading as top officials blasted North Korea over the missile launches. The Kospi in South Korea gained 0.

Global stocks mostly lower as investors await Fed speech

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Global stocks mostly slipped Friday as investors awaited a speech by Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen later in the day. Markets in Hong Kong and Shanghai lost ground ahead of Sunday's opening of the annual session of the National People's Congress. KEEPING SCORE: Britain's FTSE lost 0.2 percent to 7,364 while France's CAC 40 rose 0.6 percent to 4,991. Germany's DAX dropped 0.2 percent to 12,031.

Asian shares lower as investors await Fed chair's speech

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Asian shares slipped Friday as investors awaited a speech by Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen later in the day. South Korea's Kospi fell 1.3 percent on worries that deployment of a U.S. missile defense system will hurt ties with China, its largest trading partner. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's Nikkei 225 index fell 0.5 percent to 19,463.66 while South Korea's Kospi sank 1.3 percent to 2,074.53.

Stocks falter as dollar marches higher on Fed rate hike talk

LONDON (AP) -- European stock markets traded in narrow ranges Thursday as the momentum stemming from Wall Street's barnstorming run faded. However, the dollar remained in the ascendant as investors priced in a growing likelihood of another U.S. rate hike this month. KEEPING SCORE: In Europe, Germany's DAX was steady at 12,072 while the CAC 40 in France was up 0.2 percent at 4,970. Britain's FTSE 100 was 0.1 percent higher at 7,377. U.S.

Asian markets mostly lower, watching Trump speech closely

TOKYO (AP) -- Asian markets were mostly higher Wednesday as attention turned to President Donald Trump's speech to Congress for clues on what might be ahead for trade, regulations and taxes. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 gained 0.5 percent in morning trading to 19,222.56. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 slipped 0.6 percent at 5,676.90. But Hong Kong's Hang Seng added 0.4 percent to 23,824.17, while the Shanghai Composite rose 0.5 percent to 3,257.53.

Global markets drift ahead of Trump speech to Congress

HONG KONG (AP) -- Global stock markets traded in fairly narrow ranges Tuesday as investors awaited a speech by President Donald Trump to both houses of Congress that could have a major bearing on the outlook for all types of financial assets in the near-term. KEEPING SCORE: In Europe, the FTSE 100 index of leading British shares was flat at 7,253 while the CAC 40 in France fell 0.1 percent to 4,840.

Asia stocks advance ahead of Trump speech, China congress

HONG KONG (AP) -- Asian stocks were mostly higher Tuesday after another strong finish on Wall Street as investors awaited a speech by President Donald Trump to the U.S. Congress. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 index added 0.7 percent to 19,242.12 and South Korea's Kospi rose 0.3 percent to 2,091.22. Hong Kong's Hang Seng slipped 0.1 percent to 23,899.76 and the Shanghai Composite index in mainland China was flat at 3,228.74.

Global markets cautious ahead of Trump speech

BEIJING (AP) -- World stock markets were subdued Monday as investors looked ahead to U.S. President Donald Trump's speech to Congress this week for details of promised tax cuts and infrastructure spending. KEEPING SCORE: London's FTSE-100 edged up 0.1 percent to 7,253 and Germany's DAX gained 0.1 percent to 11,812. France's CAC-40 shed 0.2 percent to 4,837.

Asian markets lower as investors look to Trump speech

BEIJING (AP) -- Asian stock markets were lower Monday as investors looked ahead to U.S. President Donald Trump's speech to Congress this week for details of promised tax cuts and infrastructure spending. KEEPING SCORE: Tokyo's Nikkei 225 index fell 0.7 percent to 19,152.27 and the Shanghai Composite Index lost 0.3 percent to 3,244.71. Seoul's Kospi shed 0.2 percent to 2,090.20 and benchmarks in Southeast Asia also retreated. Hong Kong's Hang Seng lost 0.

US stocks eke out last-minute gain as utilities rise

NEW YORK (AP) -- A late push helped U.S. stocks finish higher Friday after indexes spent most of the day lower. There was far more selling than buying on Wall Street overall, but the Dow Jones industrial average managed to extend its winning streak to an 11th day. Energy companies and banks struggled. Investors continued to buy safer assets like government bonds, gold, and stocks that pay large dividends, such as utility and telephone companies.