How major United States stock indexes fared Friday

Stocks pare gains after rally on hopes of virus breakthrough

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The Nasdaq 100 Index added 0.2 per cent.

The onshore yuan was little changed versus the USA dollar, highlighting the cautious mood as investors monitor the impact of the virus.

The safe-haven yen and Swiss franc nursed losses versus the dollar while the yuan held on to gains in offshore trade in a tentative sign of improvement in risk appetite as investors monitor the impact of the virus. Oil prices bounced in Asia on hopes for more output cuts from OPEC and its allies but sentiment remained weak on worries about a long-term dent in demand for energy and other commodities.

China and other countries have imposed travel restrictions to try to contain the spread of the new virus that emerged in the central Chinese city of Wuhan late previous year, slamming the breaks on manufacturing and tourism in the world's second-largest economy.

Traders were encouraged by a gain in China's main stock index after the country took more steps to soften the financial blow of the recent virus outbreak.

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United States stock futures fell 0.2% in Asia on Wednesday.

The Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index gained 0.2 per cent.

United States stock futures fell 0.23% in Asia on Wednesday.

The S&P 500 posted 62 new 52-week highs and no new lows; the Nasdaq Composite recorded 122 new highs and 41 new lows.

The People's Bank of China (PBOC) is likely to lower its key lending rate - the loan prime rate - on Feb 20, and cut banks' reserve requirement ratios in the coming weeks, policy sources told Reuters. This helped Chinese stocks stabilize on Tuesday following a rout that wiped out around $700 billion in market capitalization on Monday when Chinese markets opened after an extended holiday.

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In the onshore market, the yuan held steady at 6.9970 per USA dollar after rising 0.3% on Tuesday.

The euro declined 0.4 per cent to US$1.1. Treasuries retreated, sending 10-year yields above 1.63 per cent, even as more quarantines were announced in an effort to control the virus.

Advancing issues outnumbered declining ones on the NYSE by a 1.07-to-1 ratio; on Nasdaq, a 1.11-to-1 ratio favoured decliners.

The Japanese yen weakened 0.2 per cent to 109.75 per dollar. USA oil futures have lost almost 15% since China confirmed on 21 January that human-to-human transmission of the previously unknown virus is possible, which kicked of a rout in global markets as the number of cases and the death toll rose.

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