Important share benchmarks were largely lower in Asia on Wednesday after China announced its economy rose at a 6.4% annual pace in the past quarter.

Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index fell 0.3percent to 30,047.39 while the S&P ASX 200 at Australia lost 0.3% to 6,252.30.

Shares rose in Singapore and Taiwan.

The 6.4% increase rate for January-March has been in line with Beijing’s official yearly target for a 6-6.5% growth and indicates government attempts to stop a slowdown are functioning.

But it matched the quarter for the growth because 2009 and also did little to spur buying excitement.

“It’s not entirely clear what is behind this particular strength. Growth in industrial earnings for export rallied a month by 4.2% year-on-year to 5.7% but does not stand out as especially strong,” Julian Evans-Pritchard of Capital Economics said in a commentary.

“Domestic demand has chosen also, but likewise, the gains appear more modest than those in industrial output,” it stated.

Meanwhile, the Japan released trade data for March demonstrating its exports dropped 2.4percent from a year earlier, while the trade surplus sank 33%.

On Wall Street, stocks closed higher erasing losses in the afternoon before. The profits arrived as investors sized up the latest batch of business earnings reports and followed a rally.

Financial stocks led the way higher as bond yields rose, which compels interest rates higher, allowing banks to earn cash. Progressive and blackRock directed the sector after each firm reported solid quarterly results.

Qualcomm powered technology industry stocks higher, gaining 23.2% in its best day in 20 decades, on news the chipmaker and Apple have depended on their bitter legal dispute centered on a number of the technology that enables iPhones to connect to the internet.

The deal takes Qualcomm to be paid an undisclosed amount by Apple. In addition, it has a licensing arrangement that probably involves payments to the chip maker.

The surprise truce declared day came because the former allies turned antagonists were facing in a federal court trial which was supposed to unfold during the next month at San Diego. That trial, which included the crucial iPhone suppliers of Apple was finished by the settlement.

Companies that posted encouraging results helped place dealers in a buying mood.

The S&P 500 climbed 0.1% to 2,907.06. The Nasdaq composite added 0.3% to 8,000.23. The indicator had not closed above 8,000 points since October.

The Russell 2000 index of little stocks chosen up 0.2% to 1,582.79.

But analysts anticipate consequences for S&P 500 companies to be the weakest in just three decades.

“The markets are still all ready for this year-over-year decline that everybody is anticipating at earnings,” said Erik Davidson, chief investment officer at Wells Fargo Private Bank. “Unless we have any significant misseswe ought to be doing OK.”

The yield on the 10 year Treasury note climbed to 2.59percent from 2.55% late Monday. The 10 year Treasury yield was rising since late last month, when it fell to 2.37% amid a crescendo of worries that global economic growth has been slowing.

ENERGY: Benchmark U.S. crude oil climbed gained 41 cents to $64.45 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. It gained 1 percent to settle at $64.05 per barrel Tuesday. Brent crude, the global standard, added 22 cents to $71.94 each barrel. It picked up 0.8% to close at $71.72 per barrel in London.

CURRENCIES: The dollar slipped into 111.95 Japanese yen by 112.01 yen. The euro strengthened to $1.1303 from $1.1282.

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