Editor in Chief: Moh. Reza Huwaida Monday, May 20th, 2019

Global Markets Higher Ahead of Trump-Kim Meeting

Global Markets Higher  Ahead of Trump-Kim Meeting

BEIJING — Global markets mostly rose Monday as Donald Trump prepared to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un following the American president’s outburst at Canada’s prime minister over trade. European markets were boosted by an Italian official’s declaration that the country has no intention of leaving the euro. KEEPING SCORE: Germany’s DAX was up 0.4 percent to 12,818 and Britain’s FTSE 100 gained 0.8 percent to 7,743. Paris’s CAC 40 added 0.3 percent to 5,464, while Italy’s FTSE MIB jumped 2.2 percent to 21,820. On Wall Street, the future for the Dow Jones industrial average was up 0.1 percent and that for the Standard & Poor’s 500 index was flat.
NORTH KOREA TALKS: U.S. and North Korean officials were preparing for a meeting Tuesday between Trump and Kim aimed at settling the standoff over the North’s nuclear arsenal. North Korea has reportedly said it is willing to deal away its entire nuclear arsenal if the United States provides it with reliable security assurances and other benefits. But many say Kim’s government is unlikely to give up weapons that help guarantee its survival. TRADE TENSIONS: Trump took more swipes at Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, contending that “Fair Trade is now to be called Fool Trade if it is not Reciprocal.” (AP)