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It has been a grim day in Paris, where one police officer has been killed and two others severely injured in a shooting on the Champs-Élysées that threatens to disrupt the final days of France’s presidential campaign.
French authorities said one suspected gunman had been shot dead in the assault shortly before 9pm, local time. Speaking late on Thursday, President François Hollande said a civilian had also been injured in the attack. “We are convinced that the leads in the investigation are terror-related,” he said.
On Wall Street the S&P 500 ended up 0.8 per cent on a jump from steel stocks, prompted by a probe into imports of the metal ordered by US President Donald Trump. Oil prices appeared to find a floor, while the dollar gained on the yen but lost ground to the pound.
In Asia Pacific equities, futures tip the S&P/ASX 200 index to rise 0.5 per cent at the open in Sydney, while Tokyo’s Topix is expected to rise 0.6 per cent. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng is set to climb 0.1 per cent when trading begins.
Corporate earnings reports out today include China Unicom HK, Tokyo Steel, China Overseas Land, Bank of Nanjing, China Resources Cement, China Resources Land, ASM Pacific Technology, Jafco and China Overseas Land.
The economic calendar for Friday is X (all times Hong Kong):
- 08.30: Japan Nikkei manufacturing PMI (preliminary)
- 12.30: Japan tertiary industry index
- 15.00: Malaysia foreign exchange reserves
- 15.30: Thailand foreign exchange reserves
- 16.30: Hong Kong consumer inflation and unemployment rate
- Macau’s consumer inflation data is also due out today.