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International markets roundup

NEW YORK: The S&P 500 and the Nasdaq have fallen, weighed down by Amazon.com, Apple and other top-shelf technology stocks, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average edged up to a seventh straight record high.

Stocks lost a little ground late in the session after the Wall Street Journal reported that Special Counsel Robert Mueller has impanelled a grand jury in Washington to investigate allegations of Russia's interference in the 2016 US presidential election.

The S&P 500 information technology index, which has led other sectors in 2017, dipped 0.35 per cent. Apple lost 1.0 per cent after hitting a record high the day before. It and Amazon.com, down 0.90 per cent, weighed more than any other stocks on the S&P 500.

Silicon Valley electric carmaker Tesla jumped 6.50 per cent after reporting quarterly results above Wall Street's expectations.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average edged up 0.04 per cent, or 9.86 points, to end at 22,026.1, another all-time after breaching 22,000 for the first time on Wednesday.

The S&P 500 lost 0.22 per cent to 2,472.16 and the Nasdaq Composite dropped 0.35 per cent to 6,340.34.

LONDON: European shares inched up on Thursday as solid company earnings more than offset a weak energy sector and a slump in German industrial giant Siemens on delays to a planned unit listing.

The pan-European STOXX 600 index rose 0.08 per cent to 378.93 points and euro zone blue chips added 0.20 per cent, reaching 3,466.37 points.

Siemens was the top weight to the STOXX after saying it would wait until next year to list its healthcare unit following the release of disappointing quarterly earnings.

Its 3.1-per cent slide dragged on the German blue chip DAX index, which fell 0.2 per cent, underperforming the rest of Europe and adding to a recent slide due to strength in the euro.

UK blue chips rose to a one-week high after the Bank of England kept rates on hold, hitting the pound and lifting export-oriented stocks accordingly, and on solid earnings updates.

The FTSE rose 0.85 per cent to 7,474.77 points.

TOKYO: Asian shares slid, led by falls in South Korean tech shares, as investors locked in recent gains after Wall Street's Dow Jones Industrial Average broke the 22,000 barrier for the first time in its 121-year history.

MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan dropped 0.6 per cent while Japan's Nikkei dropped 0.3 per cent.

Samsung Electronics, which last Friday posted its biggest daily fall since October, slid 2.3 per cent, giving up the gains made so far this week.

Hong Kong stocks also fell, as investors paused for breath after recent strong gains in financial and resources firms.

The Hang Seng index fell 0.3 per cent, to 27,531.01 points, while the China Enterprises Index lost 0.5 per cent, to 11,002.20 points.

China's major stock indexes fell, after a private survey showed the country's services sector cooled in July and a net drain of funds by the central bank renewed concerns about liquidity conditions.

The blue-chip CSI300 index fell 0.9 per cent, to 3,727.83 points. The Shanghai Composite Index lost 0.4 per cent to 3,272.93 points, further retreating from the previous session's 19-month intraday high of 3,305.43.

WELLINGTON: The S&P/NZX50 Index rose 0.07 per cent to 7753.75.

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