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UPDATE 1-Asia Morning Call-Global Markets

    March 8 (Reuters) - 
 Stock Markets                  Net Chng    Stock Markets                    Net Chng
 S&P/ASX 200**   5,902.0        -60.4       NZX 50**            8,285.57     1.23
 DJIA**          24,801.36      -82.76      NIKKEI**            21,252.72    -165.04
 Nasdaq**        7,372.007      24.642      FTSE**              7,157.84     11.09
 S&P 500**       2,728.12       -1.32       Hang Seng**         30,196.92    -313.81
 SPI 200 Fut     5,919          22.00       STI**               3,450.69     -41.23
 SSEC**          3,271.4626     -18.18      KOSPI**             2,401.82     -9.59
 Bonds                          Net Chng    Bonds                            Net Chng
 JP 10 YR Bond   0.049          -0.003      KR 10 YR Bond       2.727        -0.032
 AU 10 YR Bond   2.818          0.001       US 10 YR Bond       2.879        0.002
 NZ 10 YR Bond   3.04           0           US 30 YR Bond       3.1473       0.011
 Currencies                     Net Chng                                     Net Chng
 SGD US$         1.314          -0.0021     KRW US$             1,066.21     3.25
 AUD US$         0.782          -0.0009     NZD US$             0.7283       -0.0005
 EUR US$         1.2413         0.0011      Yen US$             106.04       -0.07
 THB US$         31.31          0.02        PHP US$             52.001       0.062
 IDR US$         13,762         -8          INR US$             64.87        -0.03
 MYR US$         3.903          0.001       TWD US$             29.254       -0.033
 CNY US$         6.3206         0.0132      HKD US$             7.8361       0.0029
 Commodities                    Net Chng                                     Net Chng
 Spot Gold       1,325.8101     -8.2499     Silver (Lon)        16.498       -0.232
 U.S. Gold Fut   1,326.6        -8.6        Brent Crude         64.55        -1.24
 Iron Ore        CNY513         -6.5        TRJCRB Index        -            -
 TOCOM Rubber    JPY190         -1.8        LME Copper          6,941        -63
    ** indicates closing price 
    All prices as of 2121 GMT

    GLOBAL - A key gauge of world stock markets slipped on Wednesday after a strong
advocate of free trade resigned from the White House, fanning fears that U.S. President
Donald Trump will proceed with protectionist tariffs and risk a global trade war.
    MSCI's gauge of stocks across the globe shed 0.20 percent, while
the pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index rose 0.35 percent.
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    NEW YORK - The S&P 500 ended slightly lower after Wednesday's volatile session as
investors struggled to get a read on U.S. trade policy after President Donald Trump
promised hefty import tariffs but then said Mexico and Canada could be exempt.
    The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 82.76 points, or 0.33 percent, to
24,801.36 and the S&P 500 lost 1.32 points, or 0.05 percent, to 2,726.8, while
the Nasdaq Composite added 24.64 points, or 0.33 percent, to 7,396.65.
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    LONDON - European shares clawed back losses on Wednesday as deal-making speculation
reinvigorated trading following a muted start to the session.
    The pan-European STOXX 600 index ended with a gain of 0.4 percent,
climbing steadily through the day and shaking off worries over the resignation of
Donald Trump's economic adviser Gary Cohn, seen as a bulwark against protectionist
forces within the U.S. government. Shares on Wall Street fell.
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    TOKYO - Japan's Nikkei share average dropped on Wednesday after free-trade advocate
Gary Cohn resigned as U.S. President Donald Trump's top economic adviser, fanning fears
Washington will proceed with tariffs, pushing the steelmaker index to an eight-month
    Nikkei average dropped 0.8 percent to 21,252.72, not far from 4-1/2-month
low of 21,042.09.
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    SHANGHAI - China stocks reversed gains from earlier in the session to end lower on
Wednesday, as fears of a trade war were rekindled amid the departure of Gary Cohn, a
key advocate for free trade in the White House.
    At the close, the Shanghai Composite index was down 0.5 percent at
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    AUSTRALIA - Australian shares are expected to open slightly higher despite a poor
run up from Wall Street but may see some pressure from BHP shares which are to trade
    The local share price index futures rose 0.4 percent, or 22 points, to
5,919, a 17-point premium to the underlying S&P/ASX 200 index close. The
benchmark dropped 1.01 pct in the previous session.
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    SEOUL - South Korea's KOSPI stock index shed early gains and turned to
negative territory on Wednesday. 
    At 0632 GMT, the KOSPI was down 9.59 points or 0.40 percent at 2,401.82. The
benchmark index dropped after free-trade advocate Gary Cohn resigned as U.S. President
Donald Trump's top economic adviser, fanning fears Washington will proceed with
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    NEW YORK - The dollar held steady on Wednesday, recouping earlier losses tied to
the exit of a top economic adviser to U.S. President Donald Trump, which had raised
concerns that tensions over a global trade war were entering a heightened phase.
    At 11:44 a.m. (1644 GMT), the index that tracks the dollar versus six currencies
 rose 0.135 points or 0.15 percent, to 89.753, rebounding from an earlier low of
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    CHINA - China's yuan slipped against the U.S. dollar on Wednesday as weakness in
the greenback globally spurred demand for it from companies.
    In the spot market, the onshore yuan opened at 6.3287 per dollar and was
changing hands at 6.3270 at midday, 170 pips weaker than the previous late session
close but 0.04 percent firmer than the midpoint.
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    AUSTRALIA - The Australian and New Zealand dollars ran into turbulence on Wednesday
as renewed concerns about the risk of a global trade war spooked investors, while a
soft reading on Australian economic growth added insult to injury.
    The Aussie dollar lapsed 0.4 percent to $0.7795, having been as high as
$0.7842 at one stage overnight. Its kiwi cousin fared better to hold at
$0.7295, after reaching a top of $0.7311.
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    SEOUL - The Korean won stepped up to close at a two-week high, while bond yields
    The won was quoted at 1,069.1 per dollar on the onshore settlement platform
, 0.65 percent firmer than its previous close at 1,076.1. The currency closed
at its highest since Feb. 19, after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un expressed his
willingness to deneclearise the Korean peninsula. 
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    NEW YORK - Treasuries were little changed on the day Wednesday in choppy trading as
investors weighed the risks of trade wars following the resignation of Gary Cohn, the
top economic advisor to U.S. President Donald Trump, and the prospect of a more hawkish
Federal Reserve as economic momentum improves.
    Benchmark 10-year notes were last little changed from Tuesday at yields
of 2.88 percent, though trading was choppy through the day.
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    LONDON - Euro zone government bond yields fell on Wednesday on concerns that
planned U.S. import tariffs including on goods from Europe could impede the European
Central Bank's plan to withdraw post-crisis monetary stimulus.
    Most euro zone government bond yields fell 2-5 basis points, though the yield on
Germany's 10-year government bond, the benchmark for the region, rose off session lows
of 0.647 percent to trade at 0.65 percent by 1700 GMT - more or less flat on the day
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    TOKYO - Short-dated Japanese government bond yields rose on Wednesday ahead of an
auction later this week, while longer-dated bond yields dipped as the Bank of Japan's
buying operation highlighted limited selling interest.
    The two-year JGB yield rose 1.0 basis point to minus 0.160 percent,
while the five-year JGB yield rose 0.5 basis point to minus 0.115
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    Gold prices slipped on Wednesday after hitting a one-week high on news that a top
economic advisor to the Trump administration had resigned, stoking fears of a trade war
and knocking down the dollar.
    Spot gold dropped 0.6 percent at $1,325.51 per ounce by 1:34 p.m. EST (1834
GMT), after touching $1,340.42, its highest since Feb. 26. U.S. gold futures
for April delivery settled down $7.60, or 0.6 percent, at $1,327.60 per ounce.
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    Chinese steel futures fell almost 2 percent on Wednesday, dropping along with other
riskier assets in Asia after a key advocate for free trade in the U.S. government
resigned, stoking worries Washington will proceed with steep tariffs that could risk a
trade war.
    Coking coal slid 2.3 percent to close at 1,347.50 yuan per tonne, after
hitting a one-month trough of 1,338.50 yuan. Coke fell 1.5 percent to 2,151
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    Aluminium prices slid on Wednesday to near three-month lows as the prospect of U.S.
tariffs were bolstered by the resignation of a key advocate for free trade, while base
metals generally came under pressure from worries about a trade war.
    Benchmark aluminium prices on the London Metal Exchange ended down 2.3
percent at $2,098 a tonne from an earlier $2,097, the lowest since Dec. 20.
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    Oil prices tumbled on Wednesday as financial markets slid amid concerns that
Washington's plans for import tariffs could spark a trade war, and after U.S.
government data showed an increase in crude inventories and output.
    Brent crude futures for May delivery fell $1.45 to settle at $64.34 a
barrel, a 2.20 percent loss. Brent traded between $63.83 and $65.80 during the session.
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    Malaysian palm oil futures rose on Tuesday after three days of losses, buoyed by
bullish forecasts from a leading analyst at an industry conference in Kuala Lumpur. 
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    Benchmark Tokyo rubber futures slipped on Wednesday, dragged down by weaker
Shanghai futures, and a stronger yen against the U.S. dollar that makes yen-denominated
assets less affordable when purchased in other currencies.
    The Tokyo Commodity Exchange (TOCOM) rubber contract for August delivery,
 finished 2.2 yen lower at 191.8 yen ($1.82) per kg.
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