GLOBAL MARKETS-Central banks, U.S. employers support world stocks By Reuters

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* U.S. jobs data, China policy action boosts stocks

* MSCI World Equity index hits 2-1/2 week high

* Sino-U.S. tariff talks to resume

* Graphic: World FX rates in 2018 http://tmsnrt.rs/2egbfVh (Adds U.S. stock futures, updates prices)

LONDON, Jan 7 (Reuters) – Strong employment data in the United States, decisive action from the Chinese central bank and dovish messages from U.S. Federal Reserve chief Jerome Powell steadied markets on Monday, pushing an index of world stocks to a 2-1/2 week high.

The resumption of talks between the United States and China on tariffs also helped restore some optimism to a market battered in recent weeks by trade tensions and a weakening global growth outlook.

 

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