Jumia Nigeria CEO Juliet Anammah rings the ceremonial bell when the company’s stock begins trading on the New York Stock Exchange on Friday. Associated Press
Stock markets rose on Tuesday to new six-month highs after reassuring data about the health of China›s economy and economic sentiment in Germany helped investors brush aside disappointing bank earnings. The latest leg higher in a three-month long global rally comes as a degree of calm has descended across financial markets,
World stock markets surged on Thursday, with the US benchmark S&P 500 hitting a record high, while the 10-year US Treasury yield fell below 2% as investors digested a signal from the Federal Reserve of potential US interest rate cuts
Global stock markets shed over $2 trillion in value in May as the US-China trade conflict escalated, with fears of a trade-related economic slowdown intensifying on Friday after US President Donald Trump threatened Mexico with tariffs.
London's benchmark FTSE 100 index was up 1.0 per cent, in the eurozone, Frankfurt won 0.9 per cent and Paris climbed 0.8 per cent.
Spot gold was up 0.8% at $2,033.86 per ounce by 0655 GMT, after hitting a record high of $2,036.49. US gold futures rose 1.4% to $2,049.30.
The benchmark Nikkei 225 index slipped 0.26 per cent, or 58.81 points, to end at 22,514.85, while the broader Topix index inched down 0.04 per cent, or 0.55 points, to 1,554.71.
Brent crude was up by 31 cents, or 0.7%, at $44.74 a barrel by 0713 GMT. The contract rose 0.6% on Wednesday to its highest close since March 6. West Texas Intermediate oil was up by 26 cents, or 0.6%, at $41.96 a barrel. The contract ended Tuesday trading 1.7% higher, its highest close since late July.