Global stocks rose on upbeat Chinese data and solid earnings by US banks

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Global stocks rose on Friday on upbeat Chinese data and solid earnings by US banks, with London’s benchmark index headed back towards its record-high level.

Gains were strongest among stock markets in the eurozone, while a rally on Wall Street lost steam as the dollar gained on other major currencies, reports BSS.

“This is really the warmup to earnings season,” said Art Hogan, chief market strategist at Wunderlich Securities in New York. “This is a market that is taking a wait and see approach to see what the earnings season shows.”

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Bourses were also higher in Asia, including in Thailand, where investors engaged in bargain-buying after Bangkok stocks plummeted on the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

A rise in China’s producer price index last month after falling for 54 consecutive months provided some much-needed hope for the Chinese economy a day after market-sapping trade figures.

Chinese consumer prices also climbed more than expected, further boosting sentiment. Meanwhile, a trio of leading US banks beat analyst forecasts for third quarter earnings despite the tough low interest rate environment.

The three — Wells Fargo, JPMorgan Chase and Citigroup — all saw net profits fall as low rates pared lending margins, but they beat forecasts from analysts. Paris shares rose 1.5 percent while Frankfurt gained 1.6 percent and London 0.5 percent.

London’s FTSE 100 index this week hit an intra-day high of 7,129.83 points,fuelled by a plunging pound in the wake of Britain’s vote earlier this year in favour of quitting the European Union.

Wall Street stocks opened solidly higher, but the gains faded as the dollar picked up strength following a report that US retail sales rose 0.6 percent in September. The S&P 500 finished the day up less than 0.1 percent.

THAI STOCKS, BAHT BOUNCE

The leading Thai stock index rose more than four percent, in the biggest gain since 2011, according to Bloomberg. Still, analysts warned uncertainty over the nation’s future without the uniting figure of King Bhumibol poses fresh challenges for an economy already battered by a decade of political turmoil.

There is a risk that the king’s death could see “political tensions flare up,triggering a slowdown in economic growth,” warned Capital Economics.

Shares in Uniqlo parent Fast Retailing jumped 5.0 percent as it predicted net profit would recover in the current fiscal year after diving by more than half in the just-ended business year through August.

Twitter fell 5.1 percent following news that Salesforce chief executive Marc Benioff told the Financial Times it won’t bid on Twitter. Salesforce shares jumped 5.2 percent.

Dow member Goldman Sachs gained 1.9 percent after a British court dismissed the Libyan Investment Authority’s suit that accused the US bank of duping Libyan officials into bad investments worth $1.2 billion (1.1 billion euros).

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