GLOBAL MARKETS-Dollar takes a dive, euro catapulted higher as U.S.-China talks start

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* Shares dither, euro jumps again above $1.10

* Combined studies on U.S.-China commerce negotiations

* Copper enjoys greatest day in a month

* Turkey belongings underneath strain after Syria incursion

By Marc Jones

LONDON, Oct 10 (Reuters) - A dive within the greenback catapulted the euro greater and flattened shares on Thursday, as the primary U.S.-China commerce talks since July and a report accusing the European Central Financial institution chief Mario Draghi of going rogue jostled for consideration.

Markets have been bombarded from all sides by denials and counter-denials on each the U.S.-China commerce talks and the countdown to Brexit, by Turkey's army push into Syria and by a blizzard of weak knowledge stretching from Japan to France.

Asia had loved a broadly constructive end however European shares then spent their opening spell dithering because the extra critical motion happened within the foreign money markets, the place the euro out of the blue popped to a two-week excessive above $1.10 versus the greenback.

The dollar was weaker throughout the board - partly on account of market chatter a few foreign money pact with China to cease devaluation - however there was lots else too.

The Monetary Occasions reported that the ECB had restarted its bond-buying programme final month regardless of objections of its personal officers, an extra signal of how the transfer has reopened divisions inside the establishment.

"The view on the foreign money story might be swinging right here," stated Saxo Financial institution's head of European foreign money technique, John Hardy, "And the market is sensing that euro-dollar is the strain level."

Maybe the primary mover in a single day was a rally in China’s offshore yuan, which strengthened to its greatest ranges in additional than two weeks after a Bloomberg report that stated U.S. and Chinese language officers have been reviving a foreign money pact first mooted earlier this yr that stops additional tariff hikes in return for commitments to carry the yuan secure.

In addition to the ECB resistance to Draghi's newest strikes, Hardy stated that would even have a read-across for the euro, with the USA anticipated to put out sanctions subsequent week in retaliation for Europe's previous help for planemaker Airbus.

U.S. S&P 500 mini futures traded down zero.1%, with a big a part of early losses reduce after the New York Occasions reported that Washington would quickly problem licences permitting some U.S. companies to provide non-sensitive items to China's Huawei Applied sciences.

MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outdoors Japan gained zero.1% whereas Japan's Nikkei rose zero.45%. Shanghai shares additionally rose zero.eight%.

"DIRE" TRADE SITUATION

Prime U.S. and Chinese language negotiators have been scheduled to satisfy in Washington on Thursday and Friday to attempt to finish a bruising 15-month-old commerce conflict.

With out vital progress, U.S. President Donald Trump is about to hike the tariff fee on $250 billion value of Chinese language items to 30% from 25% subsequent Tuesday.

"Barring any shock right now, it appears like their talks are breaking down. The tariff (price) shall be hiked. The state of affairs seems to be dire," stated Norihiro Fujito, chief funding strategist at Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities.

China is unlikely to be prepared to make a simple compromise with a U.S. president who appears more and more weak to home political strain as opposition Democrats search to question him, analysts additionally stated.

U.S. Democratic presidential contender Joe Biden referred to as for the impeachment of Trump for the primary time in a deepening partisan battle over a congressional investigation of the Republican president.

"Mr. Trump's current impeachment danger has turned the timetable towards him," Chi Lo, senior economist at BNP Paribas Asset in Hong Kong, wrote in a report back to shoppers.

"Whereas China is just not keen to succeed in a commerce deal, Mr. Trump is, nevertheless, underneath strain to get at the least a short lived deal accomplished to assist his re-election bid earlier than his impeachment danger rises and the U.S. financial system weakens additional," Chi stated.

U.S. Treasuries yield slipped again after having risen to 1.594% on Wednesday, pressured partly by this week's heavy bond provide.

The 10-year Treasuries yield dipped to at least one foundation level to 1.577% though the ECB chatter helped push euro zone yields barely greater.

The worth of front-end Fed funds price futures has been gained on growing bets on extra price cuts by the U.S. Federal Reserve. The November contract is nearly absolutely pricing in a zero.25 proportion level minimize on Oct. 30.

In commodities, oil costs additionally dipped on wariness over U.S.-China talks. Brent crude futures fell zero.15% to $58.23 a barrel whereas U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude misplaced zero.11% to $52.53 per barrel.

Copper rose as a lot as 1.1% to $5,749 a tonne, nevertheless, after falling zero.three%. It appeared set to be its greatest day in a month. (Reporting by Marc Jones Modifying by Gareth Jones)

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