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Global Stocks Mixed on Wednesday       05/27 06:00

   Global stock markets were mixed Wednesday as U.S.-Chinese tensions over Hong 
Kong vied with optimism about recovering from the coronavirus pandemic.

   (AP) -- Global stock markets were mixed Wednesday as U.S.-Chinese tensions 
over Hong Kong vied with optimism about recovering from the coronavirus 
pandemic.

   Benchmarks in Shanghai and Hong Kong retreated after the White House said a 
proposed national security law might jeopardize the Chinese territory's status 
as a global financial center.

   "Mounting U.S.-China tensions bodes ominously for the global economy amid 
pandemic fragilities," Mizuho Bank said in a report.

   London and Frankfurt opened higher, while Tokyo also advanced.

   The FTSE 100 in London rose 0.9% to 6,123.50 and Frankfurt's DAX added 1% to 
11,617.13. The CAC 40 in France gained 1.1% to 4,656.90.

   On Wall Street, the future for the benchmark S&P 500 Index was 0.9% higher 
and that for Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed 1%.

   On Tuesday, Wall Street closed at its highest level in nearly three months 
on hopes the global economy might be recovering from its deepest slump since 
the 1930s as more countries reopen factories, shops and other businesses.

   In Asia, Hong Kong's Hang Seng lost 0.4% to 23,301.36 after falling as much 
as 0.7% earlier in the day. The Shanghai Composite Index declined 0.3% to 
2,836.80.

   The law under consideration for Hong Kong by the Chinese legislature has 
prompted warnings it might erode the independence of courts and other elements 
that help to make the former British colony a business center.

   The legislation would alter Hong Kong's Basic Law, or mini-constitution, to 
allow Beijing to compel its government to enact laws. That would circumvent a 
local legislature that withdrew a proposed security law in 2003 following 
public protests.

   Hong Kong's leader tried Tuesday to reassure businesses and the public the 
law wouldn't threaten civil liberties. Details haven't been released, but the 
decision to enact the law reflects the determination of President Xi Jinping's 
government to tighten control over Hong Kong following anti-government protests.

   President Donald Trump said he was working on a response but declined to 
give details.

   Trump is "displeased with China's efforts and that it's hard to see how Hong 
Kong can remain a financial hub if China takes over," said White House press 
secretary Kayleigh McEnany. She declined to elaborate.

   Friction has already mounted over the pandemic, which originated in China, 
and over whether Beijing is delivering on pledges to boost imports from the 
U.S. as part of a trade deal with Washington.

   Elsewhere in Asia, the Nikkei 225 in Tokyo recovered from early losses to 
gain 0.7%, closing at 21,419.23. The Kospi in Seoul edged less than 0.1% higher 
to 2,031.20 and Australia's S&P-ASX 200 was off less than 0.1% at 5,775.00.

   India's Sensex rose 2.8% to 31,455.60 and New Zealand gained 1.2%. Singapore 
declined while Bangkok and Jakarta advanced.

   On Wall Street, the S&P 500 rose 1.2% on Tuesday. It is 12% below its 
all-time high in February.

   The Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed 2.2% and the Nasdaq composite rose 
0.2%.

   Financial and industrial stocks accounted for much of the market's gains. 
Companies that rely on consumer spending also rose broadly. Airlines were big 
winners as traders welcomed data showing a pickup in air travel during the long 
holiday weekend.

   Fears of a crushing recession due to the coronavirus sent the S&P 500 into a 
skid of more than 30% in March. Hopes for a relatively quick rebound and 
unprecedented moves by the Federal Reserve and Congress to stem the economic 
pain drove a historic rebound for stocks in April and have bolstered optimism 
that the market won't return to the depths seen two months ago.

   Fresh optimism about the development of potential vaccines for COVID-19 has 
also helped lift stocks. Investors are focused on the process of reopening the 
U.S. economy, which is likely to accelerate over the summer.

   In energy markets, benchmark U.S. crude lost 40 cents to $33.95 per barrel 
in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract rose 
$1.10 on Tuesday to settle at $34.35. Brent crude, used to price international 
oils, declined 54 cents to $36.20 per barrel in London. It rose 64 cents the 
previous session to $36.17.

   The dollar gained to 107.58 yen from Tuesday's 107.54. The euro retreated to 
$1.0966 from $1.0993.

 
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