Athletes participating in this year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo can begin entering Japan after it lifts its emergency declaration order next month.
European stocks were expected to open lower, with futures tracking Britain’s FTSE, France’s CAC and Germany’s DAX indexes down between 0.5 percent to 0.7 percent in early trade.
Asian stocks rose on Tuesday, supported by a bounce in Chinese shares amid hopes for government stimulus.
MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS was last up 0.8 percent to stand at its highest since Oct. 8.
MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS edged up 0.4 percent on a positive lead from Wall Street.
MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rose 0.7 percent, adding to modest gains the previous day, though this came after a brutal October month.
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MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS fell 1 percent while Shanghai shares .SSEC were down 0.75 percent.
MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan fell 1.3 percent after a steady start.
Spreadbetters expected European stocks to open flat to firmer, with Britain’s FTSE starting little changed, Germany’s DAX adding 0.2 percent and France’s CAC up 0.05 percent.
Hong Kong’s Hang Seng was up 1.3 percent and the Shanghai Composite Index rose more than 1 percent following a surge of 1.8 percent the previous day.
Liquidity was thin with Japan on holiday and moves in currencies and bonds were minor.
European shares were expected to be subdued too with futures for Eurostoxx 50 STXEc1, Germany’s DAX FDXc1 and London’s FTSE FFIc1 all starting lower.
Most European shares are expected to fall with futures in Germany's DAX .GDAXI FDXc1 and France's CAC .FCHI FCEc1 falling about 0.2 percent.
Spreadbetters expected European stocks to open mixed, with Britain’s FTSE and Germany’s DAX each slipping about 0.1 percent and France’s CAC inching up 0.05 percent.
Chinese blue chips .CSI300 dipped 0.4 percent as the country's state planner warned of increasing risks to the economy in the second half of the year.
The improved trade outlook was also boosted by news that Washington was pressing the European Union to accelerate tariff talks.
MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS was up 1.1 percent, while Japan's Nikkei stock index .N225 closed 0.9 percent higher.
Spreadbetters pointed to a subdued start for European shares with FTSE futures off 0.2 percent. E-Minis for the S&P500 were a shade softer too.
Investors in the region took some comfort from hopes that the trade talks between the U.S. and China expected this week will ease trade tensions.