Finance

US stock futures rise as world markets settle down despite China freefall

Aug. 25, 2015: A Chinese investor monitors stock prices at a brokerage house in Beijing. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

Aug. 25, 2015: A Chinese investor monitors stock prices at a brokerage house in Beijing. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

Most stock markets around the world gained Tuesday, as the recent global market rout showed signs of easing.

European stocks climbed sharply, while U.S. stock futures surged, shrugging off another sharp drop in Chinese stocks. Treasurys slipped, as the fierce demand for haven assets faded.

The moves came after stocks around the world tumbled on Monday as concerns about a slowdown in China’s economic growth rattled investors.

There was no letup in the selling in Chinese markets Tuesday. Shares in Shanghai closed 7.6% lower as the index fell below 3000 for the first time since December, following the worst one-day loss in more than eight years on Monday. Japan’s Nikkei closed 4.0% lower after staging a short-lived recovery.

But elsewhere, markets steadied.

The Stoxx Europe 600 index was 2.8% higher midmorning, following a 5.3% slump on Monday. Germany’s DAX rose 2.6%, France’s CAC 40 climbed 2.9%, and the U.K.’s FTSE 100 was 2.3% higher.

U.S. stock futures indicated opening gains of around 3% for the Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500. Still, the scale of the gains was small compared with Monday’s wild swings in the market. Changes in futures aren’t necessarily reflected in market moves after the opening bell.

The Dow plunged more than 1000 points at Monday’s open, before closing 3.6% lower.

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