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Global Shares Mixed on Biden News      07/22 04:52

   European markets opened with gains Monday after President Joe Biden exited 
the 2024 race, while Asian shares mostly fell.

   (AP) -- European markets opened with gains Monday after President Joe Biden 
exited the 2024 race, while Asian shares mostly fell.

   Biden announced his withdrawal from the 2024 presidential race on Sunday and 
endorsed Vice President Kamala Harris to take on former President Donald Trump, 
adding to uncertainties over the future of the world's largest economy.

   Biden's decision "barely dented financial markets," Stephen Innes of SPI 
Asset Management said in a commentary.

   "U.S. yields and the dollar opened slightly weaker in Asia but then 
rebounded, suggesting investors were fully clued into this outcome. The odds of 
a Trump victory also haven't changed much," he said.

   Most of the disruptions from a massive technology outage Friday appeared to 
have been resolved over the weekend.

   Germany's DAX rose 0.8% to 18,311.32 in early trading and the CAC 40 in 
Paris gained 0.8% to 7,596.64. In London, the FTSE 100 added 0.5% to 8,194.82.

   The future for the S&P 500 was 0.3% higher and that for the Dow Jones 
Industrial Average edged up 0.1%.

   In Asian trading, Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 slipped 1.2% to 39,599.00.

   The Hang Seng in Hong Kong added 1.3% to 17,635.88 and the Shanghai 
Composite index dropped 0.6% to 2,964.22 after China's central bank 
unexpectedly lowered its one-year benchmark loan prime rate, or LPR, which is 
the standard reference for most business loans, to 3.35% from 3.45%.

   The People's Bank of China cut the five-year loan prime rate, a benchmark 
for mortgages, to 3.85% from 3.95%, aiming to boost slowing growth and break 
out of a prolonged property slump.

   This came after the government recently reported the economy expanded at a 
slower-than-forecast 4.7% annual pace in the second quarter.

   Elsewhere in Asia, Australia's S&P/ASX 200 dipped 0.5% to 7,931.70 and South 
Korea's Kospi lost 1.1% to 2,763.51.

   On Friday, the S&P 500 fell 0.7%, closing its first losing week in the last 
three and its worst since April. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 0.9%, 
while the Nasdaq composite sank 0.8%.

   Friday's moves came as the major outage disrupted flights, banks and even 
doctors' appointments around the world. Cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike said the 
issue believed to be behind the outage was not a security incident or 
cyberattack and that it had deployed a fix. The company said the problem lay in 
a faulty update sent to computers running Microsoft Windows.

   CrowdStrike's stock dropped 11.1%, while Microsoft's lost 0.8%.

   The outage hit check-in procedures at airports around the world, causing 
long lines of frustrated fliers.

   In other dealings early Monday, U.S. benchmark crude oil was unchanged at 
$78.64 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

   Brent crude, the international standard, added 7 cents to $82.70 per barrel.

   The U.S. dollar fell to 156.64 Japanese yen from 157.49 yen. The euro rose 
to $1.0892 from $1.0877.

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