Global Stocks Advance on Wall St Gains

BEIJING (AP) -- Most major global stock markets rose Monday following Wall Street's gains ahead of quarterly earnings and testimony to the U.S. Congress by Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen.

KEEPING SCORE: In early trading, Germany's DAX gained 0.5 percent to 12,450.92 and London's FTSE 100 added 0.3 percent to 7,373.59. France's CAC-40 advanced 0.2 percent to 5,155.29. On Friday, the FTSE 100 gained 0.2 percent and the DAX added 0.1 percent while the CAC 40 lost 0.1 percent. On Wall Street, the future for the Dow Jones industrial average rose just under 0.1 percent and the Standard & Poor's 500 just under 0.2 percent.

ASIA'S DAY: Tokyo's Nikkei index gained 0.8 percent to 20,080.98 and Hong Kong's Hang Seng added 0.7 percent to 25,501.41. The Shanghai Composite Index declined 0.2 percent to 3,212.63 and Sydney's S&P-ASX 200 advanced 0.4 percent to 5,724.40. India's Sensex rose 0.9 percent to 31,631.98 and Seoul's Kospi added 0.1 percent to 2,382.10. Singapore also rose while benchmarks in Taiwan, New Zealand and the Philippines declined.

WALL STREET: U.S. stocks climbed after hiring grew at a stronger pace in June. Technology and consumer-focused companies led the way. Technology companies jumped and retailers like Amazon and McDonald's traded higher. The S&P picked up 0.6 percent to 2,425.18. The Dow gained 0.4 percent to 21,414.34. The Nasdaq composite rose 1 percent to 6,153.08.

EARNINGS: Companies including Pepsi Co. and Delta Air Lines, Inc. are due to release earnings this week as U.S. companies begin their second-quarter reporting season. The market expects earnings per share growth of about 7 percent from companies in the S&P 500.

ANALYST'S TAKE: "It seems optimistic to feel we can replicate the 15 percent growth we saw in Q1, but at 7 percent this would still be the strongest rate of earnings growth since 2014," said Chris Weston of IG in a report. "This is incredibly important because in the last two weeks or so we have markets changing and the catalyst for equities is shifting from a liquidity induced rally, to one where valuation and earnings growth will be the pre-eminent driver," he said. "2018 is shaping up where value could do far better and not just to leverage to higher growth, high momentum names."

FED WATCH: U.S. Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen testifies Wednesday and Thursday before U.S. lawmakers. Investors are looking for signs of how the Fed might react to the latest jobs and inflation data. "We expect she will once again encourage expectations for the start of balance sheet normalization in September, followed by another rate hike in December — dependent on the data, of course," said Jim O'Sullivan of High-Frequency Economics in a report.

SHIPPING MERGER: Shares in China's biggest shipping company, state-owned COSCO Cosco Shipping Holdings Co., surged 4.7 percent Monday after it agreed to buy rival Orient Overseas (International) Ltd. for $6.3 billion, creating a new Asian container giant. Orient Overseas shares jumped 19.5 percent. The acquisition follows a wave of consolidation in global shipping that has produced a handful of huge global competitors. Orient Overseas is controlled by the family of former Hong Kong Chief Executive Tung Chee-Hwa.

ENERGY: Benchmark U.S. crude fell 8 cents to $44.15 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract plunged $1.29 on Friday to close at $44.23. Brent crude, used to price international oils, shed 5 cents to $46.66 in London. It lost $1.40 the previous session.

CURRENCY: The dollar gained to 114.21 yen from Friday's 113.92 yen. The euro edged up to $1.1405 from $1.1400.