By Nick Brown
NEW YORK (Reuters) - World stock markets were little changed on Tuesday while the U.S. dollar rose slightly against a basket of major currencies, with only muted impact from the long-awaited U.S.-North Korea summit aimed at denuclearizing the Korean peninsula.
U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met in Singapore, pledging to work toward complete denuclearization, while Washington committed to providing security guarantees for its old enemy.
The MSCI all-country world index <.MIWD00000PUS>, which tracks shares in 47 countries, shed 0.07 percent in afternoon trading, after modest gains earlier.
The dollar index <.DXY> rose 0.21 percent, steadied in part by data on Tuesday showing U.S. consumer prices increased in May amid a slowdown in the rise of gasoline costs.
Investors had mixed reactions to the North Korea summit, which ended with the signing of a joint statement that gave few details on how the goals set by both sides would be achieved.
"Any de-escalation is good, because in the background you always have worries about these situations," said Ian Ormiston, a fund manager with Old Mutual Global Investors European.
Others felt the sit-down between Trump and Kim did little to change the game.
"Markets are sceptical," said Brad McMillan, chief investment officer for Commonwealth Financial in Waltham, Massachusetts. "This is more of a case of 'we'll believe it when we see it,' rather than actually reacting."
Buyers of equities and government bonds seemed more interested in other matters. Along with the positive U.S. inflation data, investors were focused on the kick-off of a two-day U.S. Federal Reserve meeting, with the Fed expected to raise interest rates, as well as policy meetings later this week of the European Central Bank and the Bank of Japan.
“We’re eagerly awaiting the Fed, the ECB and the BOJ, in that order," said Gregory Anderson, global head of FX strategy at BMO Capital Markets in New York. "People are reluctant to do a whole lot ahead of that."
Futures contracts indicate a 96 percent probability the fed funds rate will be raised a quarter of a percentage point on Wednesday, according to CME Group.
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Wall Street's main equity indexes were mixed but steady, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average <.DJI> falling 26.22 points, or 0.1 percent, to 25,296.09, the S&P 500 <.SPX> gaining 1.82 points, or 0.07 percent, to 2,783.82, and the Nasdaq Composite <.IXIC> adding 30.07 points, or 0.39 percent, to 7,690.00.
Tesla, too, lost some early momentum after the company said it was laying off about 9 percent of its workforce. Even so the shares were up roughly 3 percent after Keybanc raised its estimates for Model 3 deliveries for the second quarter and full-year. Tesla said the job cuts would not endanger the ramp-up of production of the Model 3. [nL4N1TE5HH]
In Europe, the regional FTSEurofirst 300 index <.FTEU3> lost 0.02 percent.
The spread between Italian and German 10-year borrowing costs narrowed as the U.S.-North Korea summit drew to a close, following a rally on Monday after reassuring comments from Italy's new economy minister.
The European Central Bank meets on Thursday, with some expecting it to provide guidance for ending its bond-buying program at the end of this year.
(Reporting by Nick Brown; Additional reporting by Ritvik Carvalho, Kate Duguid and Karen Brettell; Editing by Bernadette Baum and Leslie Adler)
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Updated Date: Jun 13, 2018 02:05 AM