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KEEPING SCORE Frances CAC was up . percent at ,., Germanys DAX rose . percent to ,. and Britains FTSE gained . percent to ,.. But Italys benchmark FTSE MIB sank . percent to ,.. Wall Street was poised to open lower. Dow futures lost . percent to ,. and broader SP futures fell . percent to ,..

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CHINA CONGRESS Beijing set an annual growth target for the worlds No. economy of around . percent for . Premier Li Keqiang announced that at the opening of the annual legislative session. Thats down from a . percent expansion last year, but still robust. Li also outlined plans to forge ahead with an overhaul of state industry, ramp up military spending and pursue advanced technology.

ITALIAN VOTE Projections showed no single party or bloc emerged from Sundays election with enough support to win a majority in Parliament, setting the stage for extended political uncertainty. The forecasts showed a centerright coalition that includes an antimigrant party taking a slight lead over the populist Star Movement. Neither was close to the threshold needed to form a government. Rival antiEurope parties garnered more than half the vote, a result thats likely to unsettle the European Union and possibly financial markets.

QUOTEWORTHY Concerns about a global trade war continue to weigh on investor sentiment, said Hussain Sayed, chief market strategist at FXTM. This trade fight will be messy and cause more volatility in equities, fixed income and currency markets in the short run.

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TRUMP TARIFFS U.S. President Donald Trump nned fears of a trade war after announcing his intent last week to slap tariffs on metal imports. Steel and Aluminum industries are dead. Sorry, its time for a change! he tweeted on Sunday, after saying he wanted duties of percent and percent respectively. White House officials said protectionist policy measures will be made official in the next two weeks.

A man walks past an electronic board showing Hong Kong share index outside a local bank in Hong Kong, Monday, March , . Asian shares fell in early trading Monday as investors evaluated the uncertain results of Italian elections and a report on Chinas economic plans for the year ahead. AP Photo/Vincent Yu

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ENERGY Oil futures extended gains. Benchmark U.S. crude rose cents to . a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange in New York. The contract rose cents to settle at . per barrel on Friday. Brent crude, the international standard, rose cents to . a barrel.

ASIAN SCORECARD Japans benchmark Nikkei index lost . percent to close at ,. and South Koreas Kospi slipped . percent to end at ,.. Hong Kongs Hang Seng tumbled . percent to ,. but the Shanghai Composite in mainland China recouped losses, rising in the final minutes of trading to edge . percent higher to ,.. Australias SP/ASX fell . percent to ,.. Benchmarks in Taiwan and Southeast Asia also lost ground.

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A man stands next to an electronic board showing Hong Kong share index outside a local bank in Hong Kong, Monday, March , . Asian shares fell in early trading Monday as investors evaluated the uncertain results of Italian elections and a report on Chinas economic plans for the year ahead. AP Photo/Vincent Yu

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CURRENCIES The dollar fell to a fresh month low, weakening to . Japanese yen from . late Friday. The euro strengthened to . from ..

SERVICES SURVEY A survey showed that activity in Chinas services industry cooled slightly last month but remained solidly in expansion mode. Caixins general services purchasing managers index dipped to . in February from . the previous month, on a point scale on which numbers above signify expansion.

HONG KONG AP World shares were mixed Monday as investors evaluated Chinas annual economic growth forecast and pledges for further reforms. Italian shares slumped after uncertain election results paved the way for political deadlock.

A man walks past an electronic board showing Hong Kong share index outside a local bank in Hong Kong, Monday, March , . Asian shares fell in early trading Monday as investors evaluated the uncertain results of Italian elections and a report on Chinas economic plans for the year ahead. AP Photo/Vincent Yu

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