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Global shares mixed, markets look to central banks, earnings

TOKYO (AP) — Global shares were mixed Friday, with European indexes rising in early trading, after Asian benchmarks mostly tumbled, as investors looked ahead to central bank meetings and corporate earnings reports.

Market players are monitoring financial reports to see how businesses have managed the fallout from the continued outbreaks of COVID-19. Some technology companies have bucked the trend and are showing positive results. But many companies are hurting.

Investors also are looking ahead to central bank meetings in Britain, Australia, India, Russia and Thailand next week.

France’s CAC 40 added 0.6% in early trading to 4,881.25, while Germany’s DAX gained nearly 0,8% to 12,474.45. Britain’s FTSE 100 jumped 0.6% to 6,026.35. U.S. shares were set to drift higher with Dow futures at 26,288.0, up 0.3%. S&P 500 futures were at 3,258.62, up 0.3%.

Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 dropped 2.8% to finish at 21,710.00, while South Korea’s Kospi slipped 0.8%

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