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© Reuters. GLOBAL MARKETS-World stocks cling to gains, bonds hover ahead of U.S. payrolls

* European stocks subdued with industrials, miners leading falls

* German industrial orders suffer sharp fall in May

* China iron ore futures tumble after Wednesday record

* Asias MSCI index ex-Japan headed for 5th straight weekly gain

* Investors focussed on U.S. non-farm payrolls

* Global bond yields near record lows on easy policy expectations

LONDON, July 5 (Reuters) – World stocks clung to their 17-month highs on Friday and bonds paused after this weeks rally ahead of U.S. jobs data, a gauge that could stoke or temper market expectations about aggressive policy easing by the Federal Reserve.

Trade across global markets was expected to remain subdued following the Independence Day holiday in the United States on Thursday and ahead of the non-farm payrolls report.

Though European bourses suffered with the pan-region STOXX 600.STOXXslipping 0.3%, dragged lower by the basic resource.SXPPand industrial goods & services sectors.SXNPwhich both fell more than 1.5%.

The losses came after German data showed industrial orders had fallen far more than expected in May, and a warning from the economy ministry this sector of Europes largest economy was likely to remain weak in the coming months. sharp drop in China iron ore futures hit miners.

Technology shares.SX8Pretreated 0.9% after Samsungs005930.KSdour forecast showed the impact of U.S.-China trade war on global chip and smartphone markets, sending InfineonIFXGn.DE, STMicroelectronicsSTM.MIand SiltronicWAFGn.DEas much as 1.5% lower. futures pointed to a softer opening for Wall Street as well with E-Minis for the S&P500ESc1at -0.1%.

Devastating new orders data just undermined any hopes for an industrial rebound. We are starting to lose our optimism, said Carsten Brzeski, chief economist at ING Germany.

Combined with the weakest June performance of the labour market since 2002 and disappointing retail sales, todays new orders wrap up a week to forget for the German economy. The fear factor is back.

The losses in Europe followed gains in Asia, where MSCIs broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares ex-Japan.MIAPJ0000PUSwas set for its fifth straight weekly rise. Japans Nikkei.N225added 0.2%. Chinese shares were slightly higher with the blue-chip index.CSI300up 0.5%.

World stocks and bonds have rallied since June on hopes global central banks will keep policy easy to support growth. A ceasefire in the protracted Sino-U.S. trade war has also bolstered sentiment.

All eyes were now on U.S. non-farm payrolls, due later in the day, which are expected to have jumped by 160,000 in June compared with 75,000 in May. will be the last employment report before the FOMC meeting at the end of this month for which markets are pricing in 33 basis points of cuts as of this morning,Deutsche Bank(DE:DBKGn)s Craig Nicol wrote in a note to clients.

Fed futures 0FF: are fully pricing in a 25-basis-point cut when the Fed meets on July 30-31. Investors also see a 25% chance of a 50-basis-point reduction.

What todays report says about the trends in hiring and income growth could meaningfully impact market expectations so expect there to be just as much focus on hours and wages as the headline payrolls reading.

The Fed would not be alone in embarking on easier monetary policy. Prospects of global easing have sent government bond yields to multi-year lows around the world.

U.S. 10-year Treasuries yieldsUS10YT=RRhit their lowest since November 2016 at 1.941%.

Germanys 10-year government bond yieldDE10YT=RR, a benchmark for euro zone debt, fell to minus 0.4% and breached the European Central Banks deposit rate for the first time – a level analysts say acts as a psychological barrier even though shorter-dated German bond yields trade well below it. easing bund yields dragged the euroEUR=0.1% lower to $1.1273 with the common currency on track for the biggest weekly drop in three weeks. FRX/

Thedollar index.DXYwas steady at 96.823 though on track for a 0.8% gain this week. Against the Japanese yenJPY=, the dollar gained 0.2% to 108.04.

Worries about the health of the global economy also weighed on commodity markets. Oil prices eased with Brent crude futuresLCOc1, the international benchmark for oil prices, off 30 cents at $63.00 per barrel while U.S. crudeCLc1slipped 85 cents to $56.49. O/R

Crude markets shrugging off tensions around Iran and a decision by OPEC and its allies to extend a supply cut deal until next year was an ominous sign to market watchers.

When bullish signals fail to lift the oil markets spirits, we should be very concerned this downtrend could run much further than expected, said Stephen Innes, managing partner at Vanguard Markets.

China iron ore futures racked up sharp losses after hitting a record on Wednesday. Chinas most-active September iron ore contract on the Dalian Commodity Exchange DCIOcv1 fell as much as 4.9% to 838 yuan ($121.89) a tonne. goldXAU=fell 0.1% to $1,413.76 an ounce.

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