World stock markets ticked higher on Monday, hovering just below record levels ahead of the expected signing of a Phase 1 China-U.S. trade deal, although markets have yet to see details of the agreement.  After Asian shares touched 19-month highs, European bourses ticked up at the open. Germany’s DAX rose 0.2%, France’s CAC 40 gained 0.1% and Britain’s FTSE 100 added 0.3%.. The pan-European STOXX 600 index was marginally higher, eking out a 0.02% gain. U.S. S&P 500 e-mini stock futures were looking more bullish, rising 0.31% to 3,274.8, just short of record highs. MSCI’s All Country World Index, which tracks shares across 47 markets, was up 0.1%, just short of a record high hit last week. Tensions between the U.S. and Iran after the U.S. killing of […]