Stock rally stalls, oil and dollar march higher on trade hopes

By Herbert Lash NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. dollar and crude prices rose on Tuesday, spurred by ongoing optimism a U.S.-China trade deal may be near, but a rally in global equity markets stalled as China pressed U.S. President Donald Trump to remove recently imposed tariffs.

Reuters November 06, 2019 00:05:59 IST
Stock rally stalls, oil and dollar march higher on trade hopes

Stock rally stalls oil and dollar march higher on trade hopes

By Herbert Lash

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. dollar and crude prices rose on Tuesday, spurred by ongoing optimism a U.S.-China trade deal may be near, but a rally in global equity markets stalled as China pressed U.S. President Donald Trump to remove recently imposed tariffs.

MSCI's gauge of global stock markets set a fresh 21-month high before trading flat, and the Nasdaq and Dow Jones industrial average hit new intraday record peaks before U.S. stocks pared gains to trade little changed.

U.S. and European government bond yields climbed, lifted by trade optimism and more upbeat economic data, but China's push to remove more U.S. tariffs imposed in September as part of a "phase one" trade deal raised doubts and spurred profit taking.

"A phase one" trade deal is far from certain," said Fawad Razaqzada, technical analyst at FOREX.com in an investor note.

"So far it has just been promises of a deal underpinning both stocks and the yuan," he said. "It is possible that the rally in both markets will at the very least pause."

ISM's services data showed a reading of 54.7 in October from 52.6 the prior month, or above expectations of 53.4, according to economists polled by Reuters. The data was the latest to allay concerns of a slowdown in the U.S. economy.

MSCI's gauge of stock indexes in 47 countries <.MIWD00000PUS> shed 0.01% while the pan-European STOXX 600 index of small, mid-sized and large stocks <.STOXX> rose 0.10%.

On Wall Street, the Dow Jones Industrial Average <.DJI> rose 36.03 points, or 0.13%, to 27,498.14. The S&P 500 <.SPX> lost 1.62 points, or 0.05%, to 3,076.65 and the Nasdaq Composite <.IXIC> added 5.38 points, or 0.06%, to 8,438.58.

In Asia, optimism was helped by the People's Bank of China's cut in its a medium-term lending rate, the first since early 2016. It was only a token 5 basis points to 3.25%, but it underscored Beijing's ongoing desire to support the economy.

Oil prices rose more than 1% on hopes of a trade deal while gold fell more than 1%, en route to its biggest one-day dip in more than a month.

Also driving crude higher were remarks by OPEC Secretary-General Mohammad Barkindo, who said the oil market outlook for 2020 may be brighter than previously forecast, appearing to downplay any need for deeper production cuts.

Brent crude futures for January delivery rose 88 cents to $63.01 a barrel, while U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures rose 76 cents to $57.30 a barrel.

The safe-haven yen and Swiss franc slid.

The dollar index <.DXY>, tracking the greenback against six major peers, rose 0.47%, with the euro down 0.54% to $1.1066. The Japanese yen weakened 0.50% versus the greenback at 109.14 per dollar.

Benchmark 10-year U.S. Treasury notes fell 21/32 in price to yield 1.8619%.

Germany's 10-year bond yield rose as high as -0.308% , while the French 10-year hit -0.006% to within striking distance of positive territory.

Graphic: U.S. non-manufacturers ISM index - https://fingfx.thomsonreuters.com/gfx/mkt/12/8211/8142/191105A.png

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(Reporting by Herbert Lash; Editing by Bernadette Baum)

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