International markets roundup
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A roundup of trading on major world markets:
NEW YORK - US stocks opened higher on Tuesday after the long holiday weekend following mixed earnings reports from leading companies.
Five minutes into trade, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 1.03 points (0.01 per cent) at 13,650.73.
The broad-based S&P 500 rose 5.04 (0.34 per cent) to 1,485,98.
The tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite was up 0.73 (0.02 per cent) at 3,135.44.
LONDON - European share prices slid for the most part, despite soaring investor confidence in eurozone powerhouse Germany, with Frankfurt stocks wobbling on rumours that focused on the country's venerable central bank, dealers said.
Equities also fell after a subdued session in Asia, as the Bank of Japan's plan to boost the economy disappointed many investors.
As stock markets shut down for the day, London's FTSE 100 index of top companies had edged slightly lower, down by 0.03 per cent to 6,179.17 points.
Frankfurt's DAX 30 index lost 0.68 per cent to 7,696.21 points and in Paris, the CAC 40 index declined by 0.59 per cent to 3,741.01.
The euro edged lower to $1.3296 from $1.3313 late on Monday in New York.
HONG KONG - Asian markets closed mixed, with Tokyo's Nikkei falling and the yen strengthening as dealers were left disappointed by the Bank of Japan's (BoJ) plan to boost the economy.
After a two-day meeting, the central bank said it would adopt a two per cent inflation target that had been demanded by the country's new government while also launching an open-ended asset-purchase scheme.
Tokyo enjoyed a brief surge after the announcement, but it soon fell back as investors read the details.
The Nikkei index ended 0.35 per cent, or 37.81 points, lower at 10,709.93.
Seoul gained 0.49 per cent, or 9.66 points, to 1,996.52, while Sydney was flat, nudging up 1.6 points to 4,779.1.
Hong Kong was 0.29 per cent higher, adding 68.08 points, to 23,658.99 but Shanghai fell 0.56 per cent, or 13.08 points, to 2,315.14.
The Japanese central bank also lifted its growth forecast for the country's economy, predicting gross domestic product would expand 2.3 per cent in the year to the end of March 2014, up from an earlier 1.6 per cent estimate.
WELLINGTON - The NZX50 Index rose 1.90 points, or 0.45 per cent, to 4,187.082.