Asian markets rise today as investors resume their focus on the next round of China-US trade talks this week. But hopes for success are being tempered by mixed messages from both sides of the table. There has been a general feeling of positivity in recent weeks that a solution to the long-running tariffs saga can be found, providing some much-needed support to equities in the face of worsening economic data. But observers warn it is unlikely progress will be smooth, with reports this week saying China had cut back on the number of areas it is willing to discuss, suggesting leaders sense weakness in the White House as Donald Trump faces impeachment proceedings and a slowing economy.
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Asian markets sink as U.S.-China trade tensions ramp back up
A new study found that investors were significantly more likely to bet a company's stock price was going to increase if the company had more women on staff compared with other companies. A man looks at an electronic stock board showing Japan's Nikkei index at a securities firm in Tokyo on Thursday. Stock and bond markets have been roiled by concerns about trade tensions and the economy.
Stocks in the Asia-Pacific region closed mixed on Wednesday, amid Brexit uncertainty after British lawmakers passed the Withdrawal Agreement Bill to proceed through parliament but rejected the Brexit timetable on Tuesday. Also, reports from the Financial Times saying that China is preparing plans to replace embattled Hong Kong administrator Carrie Lam, on the back of months of political unrest, weighed on sentiment. Meantime, revenue warnings from Texas Instruments amid a prolonged US-China trade dispute, raised concerns about the global tech sector.