News: GLOBAL MARKETS-Stocks at 8-mth high, France attack subdues Europe

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    • World stocks at 8-month high after reassuring China data
    • Europe subdued, Paris CAC40 lower after Nice attack
    • Dollar at 3-wk high vs yen, sterling set for best ever wk vs yen
    • Crude oil futures give back some of Thursday's surge
    • Gold set for first weekly fall in seven

    Reassuring Chinese data lifted world stocks to an eight-month high on Friday though Europe ended an otherwise strong week subdued after an attack by a gunman at the wheel of a truck in the south of France killed at least 84 people.

    Travel stocks and France's CAC 40 .FCHI pushed Europe's main bourses .FTSE .GDAXI .FTEU3 down 0.5 percent after a gunman on Thursday evening ploughed into a crowd celebrating Bastille Day in the Riviera resort of Nice.

    Having set batch of record highs this week, Wall Street also looked set to open flat ESc1 with traders bracing for a deluge of retail sales, consumer confidence, inflation and manufacturing data as well as a dump of corporate earnings. ECONG7

    News, though, that China's economy grew a slightly better-than-expected 6.7 percent in the second quarter as the government stepped up spending helped bolster the week's global rally in risk assets.

    MSCI's 46-country All World stocks index .MIWD00000PUS was at its highest since early November as a scorching 5 percent surge by its emerging markets component .MSCIEF helped a 2.7 percent jump on the week.

    The pound, which took a battering after the UK voted last month to leave the European Union, was set for a weekly gain of roughly 9 percent against the yen GBPJPY= , its best ever against the safe-haven Japanese currency.

    It was also up 3.7 percent on the week on dollar GBP= at 1.3370 and over 3 percent higher against the euro and back to buying 1.20 euro. EURGBP=R

    For the risk adverse holders of the yen it has been a brutal week all round amid talk authorities there are readying another super-sized slug of stimulus.

    It was down almost 0.5 percent at 105.81 yen per dollar on the day ahead of U.S. trading having dropped as low as 106.27 overnight and was heading for a weekly fall against the greenback of 5 percent, its biggest since February 1999.

    "The Chinese data is helping risk sentiment," said Yujiro Goto, currency strategist at Normura. "Overall, we have had some good headlines this week, like more political stability in the UK, expectations of more Japanese stimulus and all these are contributing to investors selling the yen."

    There has been a big shift in direction in bond markets too after a searing, month-long rally.

    Post-Brexit jitters have been eased by the quick installation of a new UK prime minister and investors are sensing global focus may be shifting towards fiscal rather than the central bank stimulus that has been pushing global borrowing costs to record lows for years.

    Benchmark 10-year German bond yields DE10YT=TWEB , which move inverse to price, were set for their biggest weekly rise in almost three months and for U.S. Treasuries US10YT=RR it was set to be the largest in exactly a year having pinged to 1.535 percent from last week's all-time low of 1.3210 percent.

    "In all probability we have seen the low in bond yields unless their is another major global shock of some kind," said Larry Hatheway, group chief economist at fund manager GAM.

    GOLD LOSSES SHINE After no less than three Federal Reserve policymakers signalled on Thursday that they were in no rush to raise U.S interest rates, economists were bracing for the release of retail sales, consumer sentiment and inflation data. ECONG7

    Six banks report earnings on Friday including S&P 500 big hitters Wells Fargo WFC.N and Citigroup C.N. .

    "We know the manufacturing and the mining sectors in the U.S. are going through a tough time so it means that it is even more important for consumer spending to keep the economy going," said Rabobank economist Philip Marey.

    	In commodity markets, oil prices  LCOc1	 had trickled  
    back above $47 a barrel after being sapped by data showing weak  

    U.S. fuel demand.

    The solid China data meanwhlie pushed industrial bellwether metal copper CMCU3 towards its best week in four months

    and left safe-haven gold XAU= facing its first weekly fall since May.

    "We've had a big sell-off across safe-haven and fixed income markets and that's partly because we've had such a strong rally, but also because there's been some genuinely positive news from other parts of the world this week," said Owen Callan, an analyst at Cantor Fitzgerald.

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