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Japan, South Korea, China Markets Higher As U.S. Markets Closed For Good Friday

FRIDAY – Markets in Japan, South Korea and China traded higher on Friday while other Asia Pacific markets, including Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore and Indonesia, were closed for a public holiday.

The Nikkei 225 in Japan rose 0.5% to 22,200.56 as a number of tech stocks posted gains, with Nintendo shares jumping 14.12%.

On Thursday, Chinese tech giant Tencent won an important approval to start selling the Nintendo Switch game console in China, one of the largest video games market in the world, Reuters reported. The Switch was first released in 2017. U.S.-listed Nintendo ADRs rose more than 12% in the previous session.

In the currency market, the dollar index, which measures the greenback against a basket of its peer, traded at 97.363, climbing from levels near 96.900 earlier in the week. The Japanese yen traded at 111.90 to the dollar, weakening from levels near 111.20 in the previous week.

Oil prices ticked up overnight following declines in crude exports from Saudi Arabia. Global benchmark Brent rose about 35 cents to $ 71.97 a barrel while U.S. crude was up 24 cents to $64.

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Dow Briefly Up 100 Points

Stocks traded higher today, helped by a risingoil prices, following the release of the Fed’s statement.

Federal Reserve  Chairwoman Janet Yellen said in a press conference following the statement release that policymakers have not concluded inflation has seen a significant, lasting uptick.

The Dow 30  briefly gained 100 points, with Chevron, Caterpillar and IBM among the top contributors to gains. Goldman Sachs was the greatest contributor to declines.

Coming Up Later This Week:

Thursday

Bank of England monetary policy announcement and minutes

Earnings: Tencent, Michaels Cos., Intl. Game Technology, Lands’ End, Adobe Systems

8:30 a.m.: Jobless claims

8:30 a.m.: Philly Fed business outlook survey

8:30 a.m.: Current account

10 a.m.: JOLTS

10 a.m.: Leading indicators

10:30 a.m.: Natural gas inventories

4:30 p.m.: Fed balance sheet/Money supply

Friday

Quadruple Witching

Earnings: Tiffany

9 a.m.: New York Fed President William Dudley speaks

10 a.m.: Consumer sentiment

10 a.m.: Atlanta Fed business inflation expectations

11 a.m.: Boston Fed President Eric Rosengren speaks

1 p.m.: Oil rig count

1:30 p.m.: St. Louis Fed President James Bullard

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Stocks Tick Lower

U.S. stocks traded lower Thursday, but holding much of the week’s gains, after service sector reports and ahead of Friday’s jobs data.

The ISM non-manufacturing survey for February came in at 53.4. The figure was expected at 53, down from 53.5 in January.

January factory orders rose 1.6 percent.

The 2-year Treasury yield edged lower to 0.84 percent. The 10-year yield held steady at 1.85 percent.

The U.S. dollar index extended losses, with the euro at $1.093.

The final February Markit services PMI was 49.7, down from January’s final 53.2 print

Oil held lower in choppy trade but remained above $34 a barrel as of 9:53 a.m.
Coming Up:
Thursday
Earnings: Kroger, Royal Ahold, Barnes and Noble, Joy Global, Broadcom, Embraer, Ciena, Trina Solar, Cooper Cos.
10:30 a.m.: Natural gas inventories
10:45 a.m.: Dallas Fed President Rob Kaplan speaks
Friday
Earnings: Staples, WPP Group
8:30 a.m. Employment report; international trade
1 p.m.: Oil rig count

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