Global Markets: Shares rise after Fed rate cut, oil prices gain
By Herbert Lash NEW YORK (Reuters) - A gauge of global equity performance rose within 1% of a record high on Thursday, a day after the Federal Reserve cut interest rates, but crude oil prices climbed higher on concerns last weekend's attacks on Saudi Arabia's oil facilities pose supply risks. Iran warned U.S. President Donald Trump against being dragged into all-out war in the Middle East after the attacks, which Washington and Riyadh blame on Tehran.
By Herbert Lash
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A gauge of global equity performance rose within 1% of a record high on Thursday, a day after the Federal Reserve cut interest rates, but crude oil prices climbed higher on concerns last weekend's attacks on Saudi Arabia's oil facilities pose supply risks.
Iran warned U.S. President Donald Trump against being dragged into all-out war in the Middle East after the attacks, which Washington and Riyadh blame on Tehran.
About half of Saudi crude production was disabled, putting severe limits on the country's spare capacity, a cushion for global oil markets if an outage occurs.
"The Saudi oil industry could be threatened again and we could see more supply disruption from the Persian Gulf," said Gene McGillian, vice president of market research at Tradition Energy in Stamford, Connecticut.
Brent crude futures
European banking shares <.SX7P> rose 1.9% and the Swiss franc
Major central banks have been loosening policy, mostly by cutting rates, to stem a slowdown in global growth.
Upbeat U.S. data suggests the U.S. economy is still on a moderate growth path. The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits increased less than expected last week, pointing to strong labour market conditions.
The pan-regional FTSEurofirst 300 <.FTEU3> index of leading European shares closed up 0.64%, while MSCI's gauge of stocks across the globe <.MIWD00000PUS> gained 0.21%. MSCI's emerging markets index <.MSCIEF> fell 0.46%.
Gains in Microsoft Corp
Microsoft, the biggest U.S. stock by market cap, valued at $1.08 trillion, hit $142.37 before paring some gains to trade about 1.6% higher on the day. The S&P 500 at one point traded 6 points below its all-time peak of 3,027.98 set in July.
In afternoon trading, the Dow Jones Industrial Average <.DJI> fell 5.84 points, or 0.02%, to 27,141.24. The S&P 500 <.SPX> gained 5.01 points, or 0.17%, to 3,011.74 and the Nasdaq Composite <.IXIC> added 16.85 points, or 0.21%, to 8,194.24.
The U.S. dollar fell against the euro, the Swiss franc and the Japanese yen after the Fed cut rates by 25 basis points on Wednesday to provide insurance against the risk of weaker global growth and resurgent U.S-China trade tensions.
Sterling jumped, rising 0.64% to $1.2548, after European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said a Brexit deal is possible.
The dollar index <.DXY> fell 0.3%, with the euro
U.S. Treasury yields fell after division appeared among policymakers on whether the Fed would cut rates further and as pressures in the short-term funding markets eased.
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U.S. gold futures
(Reporting by Herbert Lash; Editing by Lisa Shumaker and Dan Grebler)
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