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GLOBAL MARKETS-Asia shares slip; euro rebounds as reports temper Italian debt fears

Published 2018-10-03, 02:45 a/m
Updated 2018-10-03, 02:50 a/m
© Reuters.  GLOBAL MARKETS-Asia shares slip; euro rebounds as reports temper Italian debt fears

* Asian stock markets :

* Asian shares ease on higher oil, trade worries

* Oil near four-year highs, gold firm

* Italy seen reducing budget deficit to 2 pct of GDP by 2020

By Swati Pandey

SYDNEY, Oct 3 (Reuters) - Asian shares slipped on Wednesday as oil prices near four-year highs threatened to roil emerging economies, while the euro rebounded from six-week lows on reports Italy will reduce its budget deficit more quickly than expected.

Spreadbetters pointed to a firm start for the European markets amid hopes Rome could stave off a debt blow-out. E-Minis for the S&P 500 ESc1 and the Dow 1YMc1 were up 0.1 percent, while E-Stoxx 50 STXEc1 added 0.2 percent.

The euro was boosted by a report published by the Corriere Della Sera newspaper, saying Italy would reduce its budget deficit to 2 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) by 2021. report came after the coalition government said last week that it planned to run a deficit of 2.4 percent over the next three years, in a move that tripled the previous target and worried investors in both Italy and the European Union. big market mover in the last 24 hours has been Italy and the concerns around its debt so the latest news is being considered a much better outcome than was priced into the market," said Kyle Roda, Melbourne-based analyst at IG.

"The news has prompted some buying, we're seeing a bit of a relief rally."

The euro EUR=D3 jumped 0.3 percent on the news to $1.1585, snapping five straight days of losses that had pushed it to a six-week trough of $1.1506.

Italian BTP futures FBTPc1 opened 98 ticks higher while German Bund Futures FGBLc1 slipped as the spread between the two narrowed.

Sentiment in Asia remained jittery in Asia as investors considered how a new trade pact between the United States, Mexico and Canada could impact the ongoing U.S.-Sino tariff warm as it contained a clause forbidding deals with non-market countries, like China. broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS slipped 0.2 percent with Hong Kong's Hang Seng index .HSI down 0.4 percent.

Japan's Nikkei .N225 closed 0.7 percent lower while Indonesian shares .JKSE fell 0.4 percent and India's Nifty 50 .NSEI faltered 0.8 percent.

China's financial markets are closed for the National Day holiday and will resume trade on Oct. 8. South Korea was also closed for a public holiday.

Chinese markets have been hammered this year as investors worry that the trade row with the United States could crimp economic growth.

The dollar index, which measures the greenback against a basket of major currencies .DXY , was last at 95.343, pulling back from six-week highs of 95.744 set on Tuesday.

Gold traded near its highest level in more than a week as investors sought refuge in the safe haven asset after equity markets weakened. Spot gold XAU= was last at 1,204.79 after adding 1.3 percent to $1,208.23 an ounce overnight. prices held close to four-year highs on supply worries due to Washington's sanctions on Iran.

The firmer oil has hit the Indian rupee and Indonesia's rupiah as the two nations import most of their oil and are heavily exposed to fluctuations in oil prices and the U.S. dollar. LCOc1 rose 7 cents to $84.87 per barrel, not far from a four-year high of $85.45 touched earlier in the week. U.S. crude CLc1 inched 9 cent up to $75.32 a barrel, after earlier touching a four-year high of $75.91. O/R

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