Asian stocks mostly rise as investors weigh trade war fears

A woman walks past an electronic stock board showing Japan's Nikkei 225 index at a securities firm in Tokyo Tuesday, April 10, 2018. Asian markets mostly rose but stayed within a narrow range in subdued trading Tuesday as global investors continued to weigh their fears about a possible trade war between the U.S. and China. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
A man looks at an electronic stock board showing Japan's Nikkei 225 index at a securities firm in Tokyo Tuesday, April 10, 2018. Asian markets mostly rose but stayed within a narrow range in subdued trading Tuesday as global investors continued to weigh their fears about a possible trade war between the U.S. and China. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
A man walks past an electronic stock board showing Japan's Nikkei 225 index at a securities firm in Tokyo Tuesday, April 10, 2018. Asian markets mostly rose but stayed within a narrow range in subdued trading Tuesday as global investors continued to weigh their fears about a possible trade war between the U.S. and China. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
A man walks past an electronic stock board showing Japan's Nikkei 225 index and other country's indexes at a securities firm in Tokyo Tuesday, April 10, 2018. Asian markets mostly rose but stayed within a narrow range in subdued trading Tuesday as global investors continued to weigh their fears about a possible trade war between the U.S. and China. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

TOKYO — Asian markets mostly rose but stayed within a narrow range in subdued trading Tuesday as global investors continued to weigh their fears about a possible trade war between the U.S. and China.

KEEPING SCORE: Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 gained 0.2 percent to 21,730.41 in morning trading. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 edged up 0.6 percent to 5,843.00. South Korea's Kospi inched down 0.2 percent to 2,439.13. Hong Kong's Hang Seng added 0.8 percent to 30,467.23, while the Shanghai Composite rose 0.3 percent to 3,148.86.

TRADE WORRIES: Indexes are fluctuating in recent sessions as they try to guess the outcome of the U.S.-China trade dispute. While President Donald Trump continued to bash America's trade deals on Twitter, he said the U.S. and China could settle their dispute. But things looked worse at the end of last week, when Trump threatened to impose tariffs on an additional $100 billion in Chinese goods. China has pledged to "counterattack with great strength" if Trump decides to follow through on that threat. The two nations had already proposed $50 billion in tariffs on imports, but none of that has taken effect yet.

WALL STREET: The S&P 500 index gained 8.69 points, or 0.3 percent, to 2,613.16. The S&P 500 fell 1.4 percent last week, with large losses Monday and Friday and strong gains in between. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 46.34 points, or 0.2 percent, to 23,979.10. The Nasdaq composite jumped 35.23 points, or 0.5 percent, to 6,950.34. The Russell 2000 index of smaller company stocks added 1.17 points, or 0.1 percent, to 1,514.46.

THE QUOTE: "Market nerves over trade tensions have seemingly calmed down, given that Trump has sounded optimistic on the prospects of a trade deal with China, notwithstanding Chinese protestations," said Chang Wei Liang, analyst at Mizuho Bank.

ENERGY: Benchmark U.S. crude rose 45 cents to $63.87 a barrel. It jumped $1.36, or 2.2 percent, to $63.42 a barrel overnight in New York. Brent crude, used to price international oils, added 37 cents to $69.02 a barrel.

CURRENCIES: The dollar was little changed, inching down to 107.08 yen from 107.12 late Monday. The euro rose to $1.2314 from $1.2275.

____

AP Markets Writer Marley Jay, who contributed to this report, can be reached at http://twitter.com/MarleyJayAP

His work can be found at https://apnews.com/search/marley%20jay

Follow Yuri Kageyama on Twitter at https://twitter.com/yurikageyama

Her work can be found at https://www.apnews.com/search/yuri%20kageyama

People also read these

Global markets mixed after Wall Street loss

Dec 23, 2016

Asian markets are mostly lower while Europe has gained in early trading ahead of the Christmas...

DEA opens shop in China to help fight synthetic drug trade

Jan 6, 2017

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration plans to open a new office in southern China and, at...

IMF raises China growth forecast but warns on debt

Jan 16, 2017

The International Monetary Fund has raised its growth forecast for China but warned that rising...

World stocks turn lower as investors monitor volatile dollar

Jan 18, 2017

World stocks are mostly lower after a sharp drop in the dollar sapped investor enthusiasm

Asian shares rise in thin trade as markets watch Trump

Jan 27, 2017

Asian stocks are drifting mostly higher in quiet trading as traders and investors prepared for the...

AseanCoverage is a next-gen news site focusing exclusively on online news from South East Asia.

Contact us: sales[at]aseancoverage.com