|Published : 17 Mar 2017, 16:47:47|
Global shares mixed ahead of G-20 meeting
Global markets were mixed Friday as investors awaited a meeting of finance and economic ministers of the Group of 20 industrial countries.
France's CAC 40 lost 0.1 per cent in early trading to 5,007.66, while Germany's DAX fell 0.5 per cent to 12,028.09. Britain's FTSE 100 inched up nearly 0.1 per cent to 7,418.84.
US shares were set to drift lower with Dow futures down 0.1 per cent and S&P 500 futures 0.2 per cent lower.
Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 edged down 0.4 per cent to finish at 19,521.59. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 added 0.2 per cent to 5,799.60 and India's Sensex was up 0.3 per cent at 29,683.29.
South Korea's Kospi gained 0.7 per cent to 2,164.58. Hong Kong's Hang Seng edged 0.1 per cent higher to 24,309.93, while the Shanghai Composite shed nearly 1.0 per cent to 3,237.45.
Benchmark US rose 6 cents to $48.81 a barrel. It had slipped 11 cents to settle at $48.75 per barrel Thursday, the eighth drop in the last nine days.
Brent crude, which is used to price international oils, slipped 7 cents to $51.67 a barrel.
The euro rose to $1.0768 from $1.0726 in Asia, while the dollar slipped to 113.32 yen from 113.40 yen.