Global markets closed lower on Thursday (Feb 2) as investors continued to eye tension between U.S. President Donald Trump and other country leaders. In a meeting with lawmakers, Trump said he would like to speed up talks to either renegotiate or replace the North American Free Trade Agreement, Reuters reported. Investors weighed concerns on┬áTrump’s protectionist bent against solid economic readings from around the globe on manufacturing and inflation that have suggested improving fundamentals in 2017 as they positioned ahead of Friday’s U.S. non-farm payrolls report. On Wednesday, the Federal Reserve left interest rates unchanged after its latest policy meeting even as it painted an upbeat picture of the economy.

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