World shares set fresh records, lifted by U.S. housing data 2 New York

Saturday 1441/5/23 - 2020/01/18
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China stocks rose as investors cheered further signs of resilience in the Chinese economy and the signing of the Sino-U.S. trade deal.
China's economy grew 6% in the fourth quarter, data that reinforced signs of improving business confidence, though anemic domestic demand and the trade war slowed the growth rate to 6.1% in 2019, the slowest in 29 years.
Both the blue-chip CSI300 index and the Shanghai Composite Index gained 0.1%.
The safe-haven Japanese yen weakened as the record-setting rally in stocks showed strong risk appetite.
The dollar index rose 0.31%, with the euro down 0.4% to $1.109. The yen weakened 0.01% versus the greenback at 110.18 per dollar.
Oil prices edged higher on concerns that slower growth in China could dent fuel demand.
Brent crude futures rose 23 cents to settle at $64.85 a barrel. U.S. West Texas Intermediate futures settled up 2 cents at $58.54 a barrel.
Most euro zone bond yields were flat, with Germany's 10-year yield falling to -0.25%, below two-week highs around -0.17%.
Benchmark 10-year notes last fell 7/32 in price to push their yield up to 1.832%.
Longer-term yields also may have risen because of Thursday's announcement the U.S. Treasury will begin issuing a new 20-year bond in coming months as it seeks to plug budget deficits expected to top $1 trillion annually. U.S. gold futures settled up 0.6% at $1,560.30 an ounce.
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00:34 LOCAL TIME 21:34 GMT
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