October 20, 2021

Asian stocks slip with eye on economic releases

Stocks are off to a mixed start on Wall Street as gains for communications and health care companies are checked by weakness in energy and other sectors. The S&P 500 was little changed in the first few minutes of trading Friday. The Nasdaq composite was also little changed, but the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.1%, largely due to a gain in Disney, which reported solid quarterly results late Thursday including another big increase in subscribers to its Disney+ streaming service and a rebound in its theme parks business. European markets were higher and Asian market closed lower. Treasury yields held steady.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. AP’s earlier story follows below.

SINGAPORE (AP) — World stocks mostly rose Friday ahead of more economic releases that could hint at how the delta variant is affecting growth.

France’s CAC 40 climbed 0.2% to 6,895.50, while the…

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