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The messy Italian election result adds a bit to thenervousness to global equity markets at present, said ShaneOliver, Sydneybased chief economist at AMP.

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Italian voters delivered a hung parliament on Sunday,flocking to antieslishment and rright parties in recordnumbers and casting the euro zones thirdlargest economy into apolitical gridlock that could take months to clear. euroEURtraded choppily around ., easing froma twoweek high of . as the eurosceptic Star Movementsaw its support soar to become the largest single party,according to projections based on early votecounting.

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Frustration with a lack of market access and a lack of irtrade are understandable, said Peter Jolly, global head ofresearch for National Australia Bank.

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The spectre of a global trade war hit risk appetite, sendingMSCIs broadest index of AsiaPacific shares outside Japan.MIAPJPUSdown . percent to the lowest sincemidFebruary.

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Hong Kongs Hang Seng index.HSIslipped . percent.

Asian markets were a sea of red with Japans Nikkei.Nand South Koreas KOSPI.KSboth down about percent, whileChinese shares eased too after starting on a positive note..CSI.SSEC

U.S. stock futures did not inspire much confidence, with SPEMinisEScdown . percent and Dow futuresYMcoff .percent.

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Investors will keep an eye on a deluge of data this week,culminating in the U.S. nonrm payrolls on Friday. The annualopening of the National Peoples Congress in China was anotherfocus for investors. Chinas parliament has kept the economysgrowth target at . percent for this year. commodities, oil prices climbed ahead of a meetingbetween OPEC and U.S. shale firms in Houston, raisingexpectations that oil producers would discuss further how toclear a global glut. crude was up cents at . a barrel while U.S.light crudeCLcadded cents to ..

Investors fear the current momentum in the global economycould be lost if Trump starts a trade war.

Nothings happened over the weekend to soften concernsabout trade wars or retaliatory actions by other countries,said Ray Attrill, head of forex strategy at National AustraliaBank. There is no rowing back so that gets us to a cautiousstart.

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If this escalation draws that into focus with someimprovement, that would be positive. But retaliatory titfortatmeasures would weigh against market access, a cost to growthwith increases in trade prices, costs, and inflation.

The Italian election…does run the risk of Italyspublic finances worse than they already are with no progress inaddressing Italys longterm competitiveness problems.

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Canada and Mexico have threatened retaliation, and theEuropean Union said it would apply percent tariffs on about. billion of imports from the United States if Trump carriedout his threat. said on Sunday it did not want a trade war with theUnited States but will defend its interests, warning thatpolicies based on mistaken assumptions will damage bilateralrelations. SHARES

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The dollar fell for a fourth straight session to tradearound . yen, but was slightly above Fridays low of., a level not seen since November .JPY

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The euro still found support after Germanys Social Democratparty decisively backed the renewal of an alliance with Chancellor Angela Merkels conservatives, allowing her to form anew government more than five months since the countrysinconclusive election. single currency also got a lift from some safehavenflows, as did the Japanese yen.

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SYDNEY, March Reuters Asian investors dumped sharesand drove to the safety of the yen and gold on Monday amid fearsof a global trade war and worries of political uncertainty inItaly, risks that cloud the outlook for world growth.

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