Most markets in Asia finished in the green on Friday, taking their leads from a decent session on Wall Street overnight amid developments in the ongoing US-China trade dispute.
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London stocks had slipped into the red by midday on Friday as investors weighed up the latest developments in Sino-US relations and Washington's threat of more economic sanctions on Turkey.
UK business secretary Greg Clark has warned that the European Commission risks causing “significant and lasting” economic harm to families across the continent if it does not accept Britain's current Brexit deal.
Sterling edged higher on Thursday, joining in the more steady tone to risk appetite in markets generally.
London stocks were steady in early trade on Friday as there was little domestic news flow to distract investors from focusing on the latest developments in Sino-US relations and Washington's threat of more economic sanctions on Turkey.
London stocks looked set for a muted open on Friday, with traders likely to continue keeping an eye on trade relations between the US and China and any developments in Turkey.
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London stocks snapped back on Thursday, boosted by news of high level trade talks between the US and China, better-than-expected UK retail sales data and a recovery in the mining sector.
Almost all bourses in Asia were in the red on Thursday, though many saw early steep losses pare back later in the day as Beijing confirmed it was preparing for a fresh round of trade talks with Washington.