World stocks meander

|By:, SA News Editor

Asian shares mostly rise after a sell-off yesterday following a plunge in Chinese exports, although European equities are lacking direction and U.S. stock futures are slipping a bit.

Other factors at play include a recovery in German exports and the continued inability to solve the Ukraine crisis.

"Market players remain cautious," says researcher Guillaume Dumans. "There's a lack of enthusiasm in chasing stocks, and some are just thinking about moving to the sidelines after the roller-coaster ride we've had since the start of the year."

Japan +0.7%, Hong Kong flat, China +0.1%, India -0.5%.

Euro Stoxx 50 +0.1%, London flat, Paris -0.1%, Frankfurt +0.3%, Milan -0.05%, Madrid -0.1%.

U.S. stock futures: Dow flat. S&P -0.1%. Nasdaq flat.