A currency trader talks on the phone at the foreign exchange dealing room of the KEB Hana Bank headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, April 5, 2019. Shares are mixed in Asia, with Chinese markets closed for a holiday. Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 rose early Friday while South Korea was flat and shares fell in Australia and New Zealand. Ahn Young-joon AP PhotoBANGKOK
World shares are mixed in Europe and mostly higher in Asia after President Donald Trump and a senior Chinese envoy said trade talks in Washington were making progress.
Britain’s FTSE 100 edged 0.1% higher to 7,408.92 after Prime Minister Theresa May requested a further Brexit extension from the European Union until June 30 to give the U.K. breathing room since it is now scheduled to leave the bloc in just one week.
European Council President Donald Tusk proposed a longer time frame, urging the 27 other EU nations to offer the U.K. a flexible extension of up to a year to make sure the nation doesn’t crash out of the bloc in a chaotic and costly way.
The CAC 40 in France gained 0.1% to 5,468.77 while Germany’s DAX slipped 0.1% to 11,975.93.
Wall Street looked set for gains, with the future contract for the Dow Jones Industrial Average added 0.1% to 26,425.00 while that for the S&P 500 climbed 0.2% to 2,886.90.
Investors are also keeping a close watch on the latest rounds of U.S.-China trade negotiations. President Donald Trump said Thursday that the two sides were “rounding the turn” in the talks, which resumed Wednesday in Washington.
No details were announced but Trump said after meeting with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He that “something monumental” could be announced within weeks.
Liu, China’s top trade negotiator, told Trump that “because of your direct involvement,