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World Shares Mixed as Wall St. Slips   02/29 04:50

   World shares were mixed on Thursday after a lackluster day on Wall Street, 
where selling of technology stocks pulled benchmarks lower.

   BANGKOK (AP) -- World shares were mixed on Thursday after a lackluster day 
on Wall Street, where selling of technology stocks pulled benchmarks lower.

   In early European trading, Germany's DAX added 0.4% to 17,675.93 and the CAC 
40 in Paris was up 0.2% at 7,970.51. Britain's FTSE 100 gained 0.3% to 7,646.99.

   The futures for the S&P 500 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average were 0.2% 
lower.

   A U.S. government measure of inflation favored by the Federal Reserve was 
due later in the day. Economists expected it to show an increase in January in 
a continuation of uneven trends from month to month.

   In Asian trading, Tokyo's Nikkei 225 index closed 0.1% lower at 39,166.19 
after data showed factory output falling in January at the fastest pace since 
May 2020, although retail sales were stronger than expected.

   Hong Kong's Hang Seng slipped 0.2% to 16,511.44 and the Shanghai Composite 
index jumped 1.9% to 3,015.17. The smaller index in Shenzhen surged 3.4% after 
regulators released new measures to support markets including closer oversight 
of financial derivatives.

   But technology services company Baidu was down 6.6% after reporting its 
profit fell 48% in the October-December quarter due to higher spending as it 
strives to keep up with rivals in the artificial intelligence field.

   South Korea's Kospi slipped 0.4% to 2,642.36 while the S&P/ASX 200 gained 
0.5% to 7,698.70. Bangkok's SET lost 0.4% and the Sensex in India was up 0.1%.

   On Wednesday, the S&P 500 slipped 0.2%,continuing its quiet and listless run 
since setting a record last week. The Dow industrials dipped 0.1% and the 
Nasdaq composite sank 0.5%, a day after pulling within 0.1% of its record set 
in 2021.

   Treasury yields also eased in the bond market after a report said the U.S. 
economy likely grew a touch slower in late 2023 than earlier estimated. The 
economy continues to defy expectations of a recession despite high interest 
rates meant to bring down inflation.

   A 1.3% drop for Nvidia and 1.8% slump for Google's parent company, Alphabet, 
were two of the heaviest weights on the market. They're among a small group of 
Big Tech stocks that have been disproportionately responsible for the S&P 500's 
run to records.

   Helping to limit the market's losses was eBay, which rose 7.9% after 
reporting stronger results than analysts expected. Axon Enterprise, the company 
that sells Tasers, body cameras and other equipment, also turned in a 
better-than-expected profit report, and its stock jumped 13.8%.

   Coinbase gained 0.8% after rising more earlier in the day to continue its 
strong run as bitcoin's price keeps rallying. New exchange-traded funds that 
make investing in bitcoin easier have raised interest in the cryptocurrency, 
with BlackRock's iShares Bitcoin fund alone quickly growing to $7 billion in 
assets.

   Bitcoin's price briefly topped $64,000 Wednesday for the first time since 
2021. It's pulling closer to its record of nearly $69,000 after rising more 
than 40% so far this year. It was trading at $63,385.00 early Thursday.

   In other trading Thursday, U.S. benchmark crude oil gave up 34 cents to 
$78.21 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

   Brent crude, the international standard, was down 40 cents at $82.16 per 
barrel.

   The U.S. dollar fell to 149.75 Japanese yen from 150.69 yen. The euro rose 
to $1.0843 from $1.0834.

 
 
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