Japanese shares took a breather on Thursday, a day after rallying to more than 10-month highs, as investors waited for signs of progress on U.S.-China trade and Brexit negotiations. The benchmark Nikkei average edged 0.1% higher to 22,503.97 by the midday break, holding within a tight range near its 10-month peak hit on Wednesday. The broader Topix eased 0.2% to 1,628.16, not far from its highest since early December marked the previous day. Japanese chip-related stocks fell, taking their cue from Wall Street peers as well as Dutch ASML, which dropped 4.5% as investors locked in profits...

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Stock-index futures point to a slightly higher start for Wall Street Tuesday as earnings season gets fully under way and investors weigh the implications of a partial U.S.-China trade deal. Futures on the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 92 points, or 0.3%, to 26,838, while S&P 500 futures gained 10.25 points, or 0.3%, to 2,975.50. Nasdaq-100 futures rose 20 points, or 0.3%, to...

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European stocks rose at Tuesday's open after European Union negotiator Michel Barnier said a Brexit deal between the bloc and the U.K. is still possible this week. The pan-European Stoxx 600 climbed 0.7% in early trade, with banks, retail and travel and leisure stocks surging more than 1% as all sectors and major bourses entered positive territory. Speaking in Luxembourg ahead of a critical...

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