World markets rallied on Tuesday, gaining momentum from an upbeat day in Asia and from U.S. corporate earnings. But downbeat purchasing managers' index readings hinted at underlying worries.
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KEEPING SCORE: Germany's DAX rebounded 1.3 percent to 12,713.07 and the CAC 40 in France was 0.9 percent higher at 5,425.09. The FTSE 100 index of leading British shares gained 0.2 percent to 7,671.53. U.S. stocks were poised for a higher opening. Dow futures added 0.3 percent to 25,110.00. The S&P 500 futures rose 0.2 percent to 2817.60.
ASIA'S DAY: Better-than-expected U.S. corporate earnings and a lack of bad news on trade tensions pushed Asian markets higher on Tuesday. Japan's Nikkei 225 gained 0.5 percent to 22,510.48. South Korea's Kospi added 0.5 percent to 2,280.20. Hong Kong's Hang Seng jumped 1.4 percent to 28,662.57. The Shanghai Composite Index climbed 1.6 percent to 2,905.56. Australia's S&P-ASX 200 rose 0.6 percent to 6,265.80.
U.S. CORPORATE EARNINGS: On Monday, Google parent Alphabet reported a profit of $3.2 billion for the three months that ended June 30. It booked a $5.1 billion charge to cover a fine levied by European regulators, who have accused Google of unfairly forcing handset makers to take its Chrome, Search and Play Store apps when using its free Android mobile system. Google has said it will appeal the European fine. Alphabet Inc.'s stock jumped 3.6 percent in after-market trading. Toy maker Hasbro was the biggest gainer in the S&P 500 on Monday after its quarterly earnings topped Wall Street's forecasts. Its stock rallied 12.9 percent to $106.04. Companies such as Boeing, Facebook, Amazon.com and McDonald's are due to report results later this week.
ANALYST'S TAKE: "Investors are looking on the bright side. What we're seeing is a cautious dipping into the market, mainly driven by positive sentiment on the U.S. corporate earnings front," said Song Seng Wun, an economist at CIMB Private Banking.
EUROZONE MANUFACTURING: Manufacturing in the 19-country eurozone hit a two-month high in June, a private survey released on Tuesday showed. IHS Markit's eurozone manufacturing purchasing managers' index rose to 55.1 in July from 54.9 in June. Readings above 50 indicate expansion on the index's 100-point scale. Numbers for the U.S. are due later today and investors are expected to watch these closely.
JAPAN FACTORY OUTLOOK: A private survey suggested that manufacturing is slowing. The flash Markit/Nikkei purchasing managers' index fell to 51.6 in July from a final 53.0 in June, a 20-month low. The downbeat numbers could alleviate pressure on Japan's central bank to roll back its massive monetary stimulus policy. The data suggest "that the threat of a global trade war may be weighing on business confidence," said Marcel Thieliant of Capital Economics. While new export orders rose slightly, growth slowed in the last quarter, he noted in a commentary.
CURRENCIES: The dollar eased to 111.22 yen from 111.34. The euro slipped to $1.1687 from $1.1691.
OIL: Benchmark U.S. crude added 28 cents to $68.17 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. On Monday, the contract dropped 37 cents to settle at $67.89 per barrel. Brent crude, used to price international oils, gained 9 cents to $73.15.
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