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Financial Markets                      06/04 05:51

   European markets opened on Thursday lower while Asian shares gained after 
Wall Street rose on better U.S. jobs and manufacturing conditions than expected.

   (AP) -- European markets opened on Thursday lower while Asian shares gained 
after Wall Street rose on better U.S. jobs and manufacturing conditions than 
expected.

   London, Frankfurt and U.S. futures were lower. Tokyo, Hong Kong and Sydney 
advanced while Shanghai declined.

   Stock markets have risen on optimism about a possible global recovery from 
the coronavirus pandemic as more economies reopen despite rising case numbers 
in the United States, Brazil and other countries.

   Wall Street turned in its fourth straight gain after surveys Wednesday 
showed employers cut fewer jobs than forecast last month and a U.S. 
manufacturing downturn eased slightly.

   "The not too bad news keeps coming, enabling the hopes for economic rebound 
alongside the reopening," said Jingyi Pan of IG in a report.

   In early trading, the FTSE 100 in London was down 0.1% at 6,376.20 and 
Frankfurt's DAX lost 0.5% to 12,424.94. The CAC 40 in France shed 0.4% to 
5,004.39.

   On Wall Street, futures for the benchmark S&P 500 index and the Dow Jones 
Industrial Average were down 0.3%.

   In Asia, Tokyo's Nikkei 225 rose 0.4% to 22,695.74 and Sydney's S&P-ASX 200 
gained 0.8% to 5,991.80.

   The Shanghai Composite Index shed 0.1% to 2,919.25. The Hang Seng in Hong 
Kong rebounded from morning losses to close up 0.2% at 24,366.30.

   The Kospi in Seoul rose 0.2% to 2,151.18 and India's Sensex dropped 0.6% to 
33,900.82. New Zealand, Singapore and Bangkok advanced while Jakarta retreated.

   On Wednesday, the S&P 500 rose 1.4%. The Dow added 2% and the Nasdaq 
composite advanced 0.8%.

   A survey from payroll processor ADP said private employers cut nearly 2.8 
million jobs last month  less than the 9.3 million that economists told 
investors to expect. That raises optimism that Friday's more comprehensive jobs 
report from the U.S. government may also not be as bad as feared. Economists 
say it may show a loss of 8 million jobs, which would be a deceleration from 
April's loss of 20.5 million.

   Other reports showed the U.S. economy is in bad shape but not as dismal as 
forecast.

   One report said services industries contracted by less than economists 
expected, and at a more modest rate than in April. Another report said factory 
orders dropped 13% in April, but not by as much as the 14.8% that economists 
had forecast.

   Companies that would most benefit from a growing economy led the market 
Wednesday, continuing a recent trend as hopes rise that the economy and life in 
general can become closer to normal as business-shutdown orders lift.

   Stocks have been climbing since late March, at first on relief after the 
Federal Reserve and Congress promised massive amounts of aid for the economy. 
More recently, the driving force has been optimism that growth can resume as 
states across the country and nations around the world lift restrictions on 
businesses intended to slow the spread of the outbreak.

   Widespread protests around the country following the killing of George Floyd 
haven't dented the rally. One worry is that by bringing so many people 
together, the protests could also lead to more coronavirus infections.

   Many professional investors have been warning that the stock market's rally 
may have been too much, too soon. The recovery for the economy is likely to be 
much slower than the sharp rebound the stock market has just undertaken, which 
could be setting investors up for disappointment.

   In energy markets, benchmark U.S. crude lost 44 cents to $36.85 per barrel 
in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Brent crude, the 
benchmark for international oils, shed 22 cents to $39.57 per barrel in London.

   The dollar gained to 109.06 yen from Wednesday's 108.90 yen. The euro 
declined to $1.1207 from $1.1215.

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