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Asian Shares Rebound on Friday         07/19 06:01

   Asian shares rebounded Friday on hopes for progress in trade talks between 
China and the U.S., extending overnight gains on Wall Street.

   BANGKOK (AP) -- Asian shares rebounded Friday on hopes for progress in trade 
talks between China and the U.S., extending overnight gains on Wall Street.

   Japan's Nikkei 225 index jumped 1.9% to 21,449.27 while Hong Kong's Hang 
Seng climbed 1.1% to 28,772.46. The Shanghai Composite index rose 1% to 
2,930.58, while in South Korea, the Kospi added 1.2% to 2,092.20. India's 
Sensex slipped 0.5% to 38,688.30. Shares rose in Taiwan and Southeast Asia.

   Reports that Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and U.S. Trade Representative 
Robert Lighthizer spoke with their Chinese counterparts as planned, with more 
talks to come, helped ease concerns over the deepening trade war between 
Washington and Beijing.

   The standoff over China's longstanding trade surpluses and its policies 
aimed at building up advanced high-tech industries has added to concerns over 
slowing demand and weaker Chinese growth.

   Expectations the U.S. Federal Reserve will move quickly to cut interest 
rates has also helped buoy sentiment.

   "Asia equity markets continue to revel amidst the backdrop of lower U.S. 
interest rates and a weaker U.S. dollar," Stephen Innes of Vanguard Markets 
said in a commentary.

   Overnight, U.S. stocks reversed course from an early slump, closing higher 
Thursday as a rally in technology and bank stocks helped break a two-day losing 
streak.

   Corporate earnings are in full swing and investors have been cautiously 
assessing results and company statements.

   The latest batch of results are providing a better picture of the economy 
after months of ups and downs in the market because of policy concerns and 
lingering trade disputes.

   The S&P 500 index rose 0.4% to 2,995.11. The Dow Jones Industrial Average 
edged up 3.12 points to 27,222.97 after falling as much as 151 points earlier. 
The Nasdaq composite rose 0.3%, to 8,207.24.

   Market indexes were down most of the day after Netflix plunged 10.3% in 
heavy trading and took other communications companies down with it.

   Financial results remain a mixed bag. Only about 13% of S&P 500 companies 
have reported, according to FactSet, and analysts expect profits to fall 2.4% 
overall when every report is tallied.

   ENERGY: Benchmark crude oil advanced 87 cents to $56.17 per barrel in 
electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. It fell $1.48 to settle 
at $55.30 a barrel on Thursday. Brent crude oil, the international standard, 
picked up $1.19 to $63.12 per barrel.

   CURRENCIES: The dollar rose to 107.59 Japanese yen from 107.30 yen on 
Thursday. The euro weakened to $1.1264 from $1.1279.


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