World shares cling near record highs

The London Stock Exchange Group offices are seen in the City of London, Britain, December 29, 2017. REUTERS/Toby Melville/File Photo

  • MSCI All Country World index up 0.1%
  • Sentiment lifted by surging activity in Europe
  • Trading thin with U.S. markets closed
  • Worries linger over China’s crackdown on tech firms
  • Dollar dips, pressured by weaker U.S. payrolls report

LONDON/TOKYO, July 5 (Reuters) – World stocks clung close to record highs on Monday as worries about the Delta variant of COVID-19 offset positive sentiment from surging euro zone business activity and a welcome U.S. jobs report.

The STOXX index (.STOXX) of 600 leading European companies was 0.2% higher, reversing earlier losses after data showed euro zone businesses expanded activity at the fastest rate in 15 years in June. read more

Activity for British services firms also soared in June, albeit at a slightly slower rate. read more

French shares (.FCHI)were flat as Health Minister Olivier Veran warned…

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