KEEPING SCORE: Britain’s FTSE 100 fell 0.1 percent to 7,210.78 while the CAC 40 of France added 0.3 percent to 5,293.67. Germany’s DAX rose 0.1 percent to 12,433.34. S&P 500 futures edged 0.1 percent higher to 2,792.80 and Dow futures climbed 0.2 percent to 25,285.00, pointing to early gains on Wall Street.
CHINA WATCHDOG: China announced plans Tuesday to create a newly powerful regulator to oversee scandal-plagued banking and insurance industries as they try to reduce debt and financial risks. The move is in line with the ruling Communist Party’s efforts to tighten control over state-owned entities that dominate industries including banking, telecoms and energy in an effort to make them more efficient and productive.
QUALCOM-BROADCOM: Singapore-based computer chipmaker Broadcom said in a statement that it strongly disagrees with Trump’s order to block its proposed acquisition of Qualcomm on the grounds it raises national security concerns. The decision, announced late Monday, abruptly ended Broadcom’s four-month, $117 billion bid to buy Qualcomm — a deal that would have been the largest ever completed in the technology industry. Broadcom’s Singapore connections complicated matters, even though the company maintained its physical headquarters in Silicon Valley and virtually all of its shareholders are in the U.S.
ASIA’S DAY: Japan’s Nikkei 225 index gained 0.7 percent to 21,968.10 while South Korea’s Kospi added 0.4 percent to 2,494.49. The Hang Seng in Hong Kong was flat at 31,601.45 and the Shanghai Composite index declined 0.5 percent to 3,310.24. Australia’s S&P ASX 200 dropped 0.4 percent to 5,974.70. India’s Sensex lost 0.4 percent to 33,791.35. Shares rose in Taiwan and were mixed in Southeast Asia, with the SET in Thailand down 0.2 percent.
ENERGY: Benchmark U.S. crude fell 15 cents to $61.21 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. It lost 68 cents, or 1.1 percent, to $61.36 a barrel in New York. Brent crude, used to price international oils, declined 21 cents to $64.74 per barrel. It shed 54 cents to $64.95 a barrel in London.
CURRENCIES: The dollar rose to 106.90 yen from 106.41 late Monday. The euro fell to $1.2330 from $1.2336.
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