European trading got off to a tepid start, with
U.S. markets looked set to reverse the losses driven by lackluster earnings from retailers the day before. Dow Jones and S&P 500 futures were both up 0.3 percent.
Investors were holding back from major moves ahead of the release later Wednesday of minutes from recent policy meetings by the
The yen move and the
A recovery in the Chinese currency-denominated "A-shares" market in
The Shanghai Composite Index gained 0.8 percent to 2,024.95.
"That brought up the whole technology sector and changed some sentiment to positive," Wong said. "Whenever A-shares rebound a lot of people think the central government might roll out policies to help the markets, even though it's almost always speculation."
Benchmark crude for July delivery was up
In currencies, the euro rose to
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