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U.S. index futures edged higher with stocks in Europe as investors digested developments in trade talks and comments from a Federal Reserve official about the strength of the biggest economy. Treasuries climbed and a gauge of the dollar held close to the year's high.
The Stoxx Europe 600 Index advanced after fluctuating earlier. Contracts on three main American equity indexes all struggled for traction after the underlying benchmarks rose on Monday, when the U.S. commerce secretary said the nation will delay restrictions on some operations of China's Huawei Technologies. Stocks advanced across Asia except for markets in Hong Kong and Shanghai.
Government bonds climbed in Europe except for Italy's, where leaders may force an early election. The pound slipped after the prime minister announced a proposal to break the deadlock in the Brexit deal with the European Union. Treasuries recovered from Monday declines when Fed Bank of Boston President Eric Rosengren pushed back against further rate cuts. A Bloomberg dollar index steadied, close to its 2019 record.
The latest headlines on global trade and interest rates may provide some reprieve for investors spooked by tumbling bond yields. The U.S. decision on Huawei was seen as encouraging for the long-awaited trade pact between the world's two largest economies. Still, the Chinese company said the temporary relief doesn't change the fact that it's been treated "unjustly."
Meanwhile, Trump's top economic adviser, Larry Kudlow, will speak with business leaders this week amid concerns about the rising odds for a recession, the trade war and whipsawing markets. That comes before Fed Chairman Jerome Powell's remarks about the challenges for monetary policy at the Jackson Hole symposium Friday.
"Our thesis maintains that over the next six months equity markets should do better, really mainly underpinned by the lower interest rates around the world," Jun Bei Liu, a portfolio manager at Tribeca Investment Partners in Sydney, told Bloomberg TV. "Of course, there's a few issues that arise. One is that the valuations seem incredibly high. And the trade conflict is another uncertainty at this point."
Elsewhere, there was muted reaction after China made borrowing costs cheaper for companies with the introduction of a revamped market benchmark rate. Oil futures were steady.
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