U.S. stock indexes fell more than 1% on Thursday, as investors sold off technology, industrials and energy stocks on fears that a spiraling trade war between the United States and China would crimp global growth. Technology, among sectors most exposed to China, was the hardest hit. Microsoft Corp and Apple Inc were down more than 1%, dragging the sector lower, while the chip index dropped 2.3%. Oil prices plunged more than 4% on trade fears, leaving the energy index down 3.2%, the biggest decliner among the major 11 S&P sectors. Materials, financial and consumer discretionary sectors...

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Hong Kong stocks suffered another sell-off Monday as concerns about the rumbling China-US trade war overshadowed a broad advance across most of Asia. The Hang Seng Index fell 0.57 percent, or 158.85 points, to 27,787.61. The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index ended 0.41 percent, or 11.70 points, down at 2,870.60, while the Shenzhen Composite Index, which tracks stocks on China's second...

European markets traded mixed Monday morning, as investors digested geopolitical developments and corporate earnings. The pan-European STOXX 600 slipped 0.2% in morning trade, with travel and leisure stocks leading the losses with a 1% drop on the back of disappointing full-year results from Ryanair. The company posted its weakest annual profit in four years and said earnings could fall further...

Tokyo stocks closed higher on Monday, with investors putting trade worries on the back burner after data showed Japan's economy grew in the first quarter, defying expectations. The benchmark Nikkei 225 index rose 0.24 percent, or 51.64 points, to 21,301.73 while the broader Topix index edged up 0.04 percent, or 0.67 points, to 1,554.92. Source: AFP

Chinas stocks traded near their lowest since February before bouncing back, showing the growing uncertainty over whether the countrys $1.2 trillion rout is over. The Shanghai Composite Index slipped 0.4% at 11:10 a.m. local time, after earlier losing as much as 1.5%. The gauge is now among the worlds worst performing national benchmarks this quarter, after beating every other market...

Japan's Nikkei share average edged higher on Monday as domestic economic growth in the first quarter proved firmer than expected, although market gains were limited as the data also pointed towards lacklustre domestic demand. The Nikkei was up 0.3% at 21,309.25 as of 0159 GMT. Data released on Monday showed Japans gross domestic product (GDP) grew at an annualised 2.1% in the first quarter...

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