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World Stocks Mixed on Thursday         09/16 05:24

   Shares were higher in Europe on Thursday after a mixed day of trading in 
Asia, where most major benchmarks declined.

   (AP) -- Shares were higher in Europe on Thursday after a mixed day of 
trading in Asia, where most major benchmarks declined.

   Germany's DAX picked up 0.6% to 15,713.53, while the CAC 40 in Paris rose 
0.8% to 6,633.67. In London, the FTSE 100 advanced 0.5% to 7,048.93.

   U.S. futures were little changed, while the yield on the 10-year Treasury 
was steady at 1.31%.

   Hong Kong and Shanghai dropped amid disappointing economic data for August.

   China reported late Wednesday that its retail sales grew an anemic 2.5% in 
August, down from 8.5% in July, while factory output slowed to 5.3% from 6.4% 
the month before.

   It was the slowest growth in output since May 2020.

   "Yesterday's China data were a real shock," RaboResearch Global Economics & 
Markets said in a report. "This is hardly what one calls a robust consumer 
recovery," it said.

   Adding to investors' unease, reports said troubled property giant Evergrande 
would fail to make interest payments due next week. Rating agencies have warned 
the cash-strapped company could default on its debt.

   Its Hong Kong traded shares fell 6.4% on Thursday. They have lost more than 
half their value in the past month.

   The Hang Seng in Hong Kong declined 1.5% to 24,667.85, while the Shanghai 
Composite index sank 1.3% to 3,607.09.

   Tokyo's Nikkei 225 index dropped 0.6% to 30,323.34 after Japan reported that 
its exports rose 26.2% in August from a year earlier. That was well below 
forecasts for a rise of over 30%, Marcel Thieliant of Capital Economics said in 
a commentary.

   The preliminary customs data showed vehicle exports, a mainstay for the 
economy, slipped 1.1% while car exports declined 1.5%.

   Shortages of semiconductors and other components that have prompted some car 
manufacturers to cut output, and demand has been hit by recent new waves of 
coronavirus outbreaks.

   In Seoul, the Kospi lost 0.7% to 3,130.09.

   Australia's S&P/ASX 200 gained 0.6% to 7,460.20. Shares fell in Taiwan but 
rose in Singapore and India.

   On Wednesday, energy and technology companies helped lift stocks on Wall 
Street broadly higher, reversing the market's pullback from a day earlier.

   The S&P 500 rose 0.8% to 4,480.70 after another day of choppy trading. It 
was the biggest daily gain for the benchmark index since late August and it put 
the S&P 500 on pace to close the week higher.

   The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 0.7% to 34,814.39. The Nasdaq 
composite added 0.8% to 15,161.53. Small-company stocks did even better, with 
the Russell 2000 index gaining 1.1%, to 2,234.45.

   Wall Street will get get more information on jobs and consumer spending on 
Thursday when the Labor Department releases its weekly report on unemployment 
benefits and the Commerce Department releases retail sales data for August.

   In other trading, benchmark U.S. crude oil fell 8 cents more, at $72.53 per 
barrel. Brent crude, the standard for international pricing, gained 1 cent to 
$75.47 per barrel.

   In currency trading, the dollar was flat at 109.38 Japanese yen. The euro 
fell to $1.1776 from $1.1817.

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