TOKYO — Global shares were mostly higher Tuesday as crude oil prices advanced, though Japan's benchmark fell as investors weighed uncertainties over trade and exchange rates.
KEEPING SCORE: France's CAC 40 added 0.4 per cent to 5,030.54 and Germany's DAX gained 0.3 per cent to 12,085.89. Britain's FTSE 100 edged 0.1 per cent higher to 7,437.78. U.S. shares were set to advance with Dow futures trading up 0.1 per cent at 20,892. S&P 500 futures were up 0.2 per cent at 2,375.10.
ASIA'S DAY: Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 slipped 0.3 per cent to finish at 19,455.88 and Australia's S&P/ASX 200 inched down 0.1 per cent to 5,774.60. South Korea's Kospi added 1.0 per cent to 2,178.38. Hong Kong's Hang Seng rose 0.4 per cent to 24,593.12, while the Shanghai Composite added 0.3 per cent to 3,261.61. India's Sensex fell 0.3 per cent to 29,417.93.
JAPAN JITTERS: Shares came under selling pressure following a public holiday on Monday, as a weakening of the U.S. dollar against the yen added to worries over protectionist moves under U.S. President Donald Trump. The omission of the customary pledge to avoid protectionism from a statement by the Group of 20 major economies over the weekend underscored the challenges to free trade that have coincided with Trump's vows to rewrite trade deals.
ENERGY: Benchmark U.S. crude added 27 cents to $49.18 a barrel in New York. Brent crude, used to price international oils, rose 35 cents to $51.97 a barrel in London.
CURRENCIES: The dollar rose to 112.77 yen from 112.53 yen. The euro slipped to $1.0784 from $1.0760.
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