Published:  01:01 AM, 14 September 2017

Apple takes shine off global stocks rally

Disappointment over the timing of Apple's iPhone X release hampered further gains for world stock markets on Wednesday after an easing of concerns about North Korea sent indices to record highs. With Tokyo gaining on a broadly weaker yen, MSCI's main indicator of Asian shares hit a 10-year peak, but Europe's main markets all dipped in early trade.

Apple suppliers including AMS , IQE Plc and Dialog fell by 2-5 percent at the opening, with traders citing the later than expected Nov. 3 shipping date for the new iPhone as the main reason. That followed a small fall in Apple shares as Wall Street surged back to record highs on Tuesday.

"There has been just a minor retracement, hardly an indication of which way the European session will be headed today," analysts from Italy's Unicredit said in a morning note. "If there is anything that surprises us equity bulls, it is the almost linear nature of the (global) move without severe setbacks."

The pan-European dipped 0.3 percent as weakness in chipmakers was compounded by a drop in miners. Chipmakers have been the best-performing among Europe's tech stocks this year, accounting for a large chunk of the sector's outperformance. AMS shares have gained 165 percent year-to-date.

"The economics of the Apple announcement are interesting because it will really test this theory that inflation is going to be weak," said Mike Bell, global markets strategist with JP Morgan Asset Management in London.

-Reuters, London

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