London — World shares were steady on Friday as uncertainty ahead of a meeting on trade between US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping deterred traders from making bold directional bets.

After stock markets slipped in Asia, European shares were marginally higher, with the pan-European Stoxx 600 index up 0.08%. Germany’s DAX 30 index was the biggest gainer, up 0.36% on the day...

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