June 25, 2018 / 6:20 AM / 5 months ago

GLOBAL MARKETS-Shares slide on trade worries, oil gives up some gains

* Asian shares ease, U.S. stock futures down 0.5 pct

* China, auto shares take the brunt of Trump's trade war

* Oil prices give up gains as OPEC agrees on output hike

* Turkish lira rises more than 1 pct after Erdogan's victory

* European shares seen falling 0.5-0.6 pct

By Hideyuki Sano

TOKYO, June 25 (Reuters) - Global share prices fell on Monday on escalating trade tensions between the United States and major economies while crude oil prices gave up some of the hefty gains made after major oil exporters agreed to a modest increase in production.

European shares, which hit multi-week lows last week, were expected to extend declines, with financial spread-betters predicting Britain's FTSE and Germany's DAX would open 0.5 percent weaker, and France's CAC to open 0.6 percent down.

In Asia, S&P500 mini futures eased as much as 0.6 percent while MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan fell 0.95 percent to 6 1/2-month lows. Japan's Nikkei lost 0.8 percent.

The Wall Street Journal reported that U.S. President Donald Trump plans to bar many Chinese companies from investing in U.S. technology firms and block additional technology exports to China.

"Until last week, there was vague optimism that we can muddle through this. But now it looks like, unless the U.S. lays down its arms, things will be getting more chaotic," said Hirokazu Kabeya, chief global strategist at Daiwa Securities.

As the threat of a full-blown trade war has become all the more real, MSCI's gauge of stocks across the globe has fallen in five of the last six weeks, including last week, when it declined one percent - its biggest weekly drop in three months.

Chinese shares were among the biggest losers, tumbling 3.7 percent last week, as Trump put the heat on Beijing, threatening to hit $200 billion of Chinese imports with 10 percent tariffs.

Policy makers in China moved fast to temper any potential economic drag from the trade dispute, as its central bank said on Sunday it would cut the amount of cash some banks must hold as reserves by 50 basis points (bps).

The reduction in reserve requirements, the third by the central bank this year, had been widely anticipated by investors and is aimed at accelerating the pace of debt-for-equity swaps and spur lending for smaller firms.

Despite the move, the CSI300 Index of mainland Chinese shares lost 0.8 percent, edging near a one-year low touched on Friday.

The index of global auto manufacturers remained soft after 4.7 percent fall last week,

Trump threatened to impose a 20 percent tariff on Friday on all imports of EU-assembled cars, a month after his administration launched an investigation into whether auto imports posed a national security threat.

A senior European Commission official said on Saturday that the European Union will respond to any U.S. move to raise tariffs on cars made in the bloc.

Investors and traders are worried that threats of higher U.S. tariffs and retaliatory measures by others could derail a rare period of synchronised global growth.

Oil prices were supported after OPEC and non-OPEC producers agreed on a modest increase in production from next month, without announcing a clear target for the output increase, leaving traders guessing how much more will actually be pumped.

OPEC and non-OPEC said in their statement that they would raise supply by returning to 100 percent compliance with previously agreed output cuts, after months of underproduction.

"In reality, there aren't many countries that can raise outputs, with only Saudi Arabia having the capacity to flexibly increase the output. But if Saudis alone increase output sharply, they could face backlash from some other countries," said Tatsufumi Okoshi, senior commodity economist at Nomura Securities.

U.S. crude futures traded at $68.36 per barrel, down 0.3 percent for the day after Friday's 4.6 percent rally.

International benchmark Brent fell 1.8 percent, however, to $74.22 per barrel, giving up more than a half of their gains made on Friday.

In the currency market, the euro held firm at $1.1656 , bouncing back after hitting an 11-month low of $1.1508 on Thursday.

The euro climbed on Friday as traders were encouraged by improved regional economic growth data and new assurances by Italian politicians that their nation would not leave the single currency.

Business activity in Germany and France, the euro zone's top two economies, picked up in June despite trade tensions between Europe and the United States, IHS Markit data showed.

The dollar fell 0.55 percent to 109.38 yen, hitting its lowest levels in two weeks as the yen firmed on concerns about global trade frictions.

The Turkish lira gained by up to 1.6 percent on expectations of a stable government after Tayyip Erdogan and his ruling AK Party claimed victory in Turkey's presidential and parliamentary polls on Sunday.

But his victory kept alive worries about inflation and the central bank's independence given Erdogan's recent comments suggesting he wants to take greater control of monetary policy.

The lira last traded at 4.5850 to the dollar, up 1.7 percent from 4.6625 at the end of last week.

Bitcoin steadied after hitting seven-month lows during the weekend as the security of cryptocurrency exchange operators came under more scrutiny.

The digital money fell to as low as $5,780 and last stood at $6,161.

Editing by Jacqueline Wong & SImon Cameron-Moore

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