GLOBAL MARKETS-Inflation questions keep stocks in check
* Euro STOXX 600 flat as mining gains offset energy losses
* MSCI ex-Japan reverse early losses, Chinese shares turn positive
* U.S. dollar stays firm
* Gold near $1,900
* Graphic: Global asset performance tmsnrt.rs/2yaDPgn
* Graphic: World FX rates tmsnrt.rs/2egbfVh
LONDON/SYDNEY, May 27 (Reuters) – World stocks were pinned down on Thursday as investors awaited U.S. data expected to offer clues on inflation, with further pressures widely seen as sparking a scaling back of central banks’ giant stimulus packages.
The Euro STOXX 600 lost 0.2%, with German shares down 0.5% and London’s main index making slim losses. France gained 0.1%.
Losses of around 0.2% in energy stocks were offset by 1.2% gains in the mining sector, while British bank HSBC gained 0.1% after a move to exit U.S. retail banking to focus on Asia.
Wall Street futures gauges pointed to losses of…