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Wall Street's main indices finished slightly higher on Friday despite the drag from banks' share prices following earnings from several sector heavyweights and a spot of weakness in a key gauge of consumer sentiment that fed into yet higher government bond prices.
The market spotlight will shift back towards two of the world's main central banks over the coming week - global trade wars permitting.
Stocks finished the week on a strong note after the US signalled that it is open to restarting trade talks with China.
London stocks finished higher on Friday, but was off their best levels of the session, as the pound recovered from an early bout of selling, after US President Donald Trump backtracked on remarks he made overnight that the Prime Minister's soft Brexit plan would "probably kill" any trade deal with the US.
JP Morgan Chase beat analysts' forecasts for both top and bottom line growth in the second quarter, buoyed by bumper growth in its investment and commercial banking units.
US lender Citigroup managed to beat analysts' forecasts for second quarter earnings, despite falling short of its own guidance for the firm's sales from trading.
Stocks are poised to finish the week on a strong note after the US signalled that it is open to restarting trade talks with China.
Stocks on the Continent staged a partial come back on Thursday from the previous day's losses thanks to talk in markets that officials in both Beijing and Washington might be open to restarting trade talks.
The focus at the end of the week will shift back towards Asia, with the Chinese customs and trade administration set to release its latest set of statistics for foreign trade, covering the month of June this time.
Consumer price inflation in the US edged higher last month on the back of dearer cars and trucks and medical care services, although economists believed that for the moment price pressures might have peaked.
Stocks are staging a partial come back from the previous day's losses on the back of talk in markets that officials in both Beijing and Washington might be eyeing the possibility of restarting talks on trade.
Investors were left trying to get their bearings after the White House ratcheted-up the stakes again in its running trade spat with China, just before the US President arrived in Brussels for a three-day summit of NATO leaders.
London stocks finished firmly in the red on Wednesday as trade tensions between the US and China ramped up a notch after Donald Trump followed through on his threat to slap tariffs on an extra $200bn of Chinese goods.
The focus on Thursday is likely to continue to be on the global trade front as well as the headlines coming out of the NATO leaders' summit in Brussels.
US crude oil stockpiles shrank at an accelerated pace last week as imports fell back sharply and distillate inventories jumped.
Wholesale inflation in the US outpaced economists' forecasts in June, driven higher by dearer energy and services and hitting a six-year high.
Investors are trying to get their bearings after the White House ratcheted-up the stakes again in its running trade spat with China, just before the US President arrived in Brussels for a three-day summit of NATO leaders.
Emerging market investing legend Mark Mobius is raising new funds in anticipation of buying opportunities on the horizon.
Stocks are dropping fast after the White House made the most of the window of opportunity afforded by strength in the stockmarket to announce new measures designed to keep up the pressure on China.