Wall Street adds to gains, dollar higher, after Fed rate hike
By Hilary Russ NEW YORK (Reuters) - Wall Street extended gains on Wednesday, while the dollar dipped but then recovered, after the U.S. Federal Reserve raised interest rates, as expected, and flagged the end of 'accommodative' monetary policy
By Hilary Russ
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Wall Street extended gains on Wednesday, while the dollar dipped but then recovered, after the U.S. Federal Reserve raised interest rates, as expected, and flagged the end of "accommodative" monetary policy.
With steady economic growth and a strong job market, the Fed left its outlook for the coming years largely unchanged. It still foresees another rate hike in December, three more next year and one in 2020.
"The strong dollar has been torpedoing everyone's international investments for the better part of a year or so," said Jamie Cox, Managing Partner at Harris Financial Group in Richmond, Virginia. "If the dollar tails off here or just levels off, that is very bullish for emerging markets and other places where that dollar strength has really been a problem."
The Dow Jones Industrial Average <.DJI> rose 42.38 points, or 0.16 percent, to 26,534.59, the S&P 500 <.SPX> gained 7.87 points, or 0.27 percent, to 2,923.43 and the Nasdaq Composite <.IXIC> added 39.79 points, or 0.5 percent, to 8,047.26.
Earlier in the day, Chinese equity markets had set a positive tone after global index provider MSCI
Shanghai-listed shares closed almost 1 percent higher at eight-week highs <.SSEC> and the Hang Seng Index, made up of large Hong Kong companies <.HSI>, rose 1.15 percent.
The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index <.FTEU3> rose 0.27 percent and MSCI's gauge of stocks across the globe <.MIWD00000PUS> gained 0.19 percent.
(Graphic: MSCI world index - ups and downs in 2018 - https://reut.rs/2xBIVnO)
The dollar index <.DXY> rose 0.18 percent, with the euro
Investors were also keeping close watch on bond yields in the United States and Germany. Ten-year borrowing costs in both have inched to multi-month highs, with the first interest rate rise by the European Central Bank expected in September 2019.
Benchmark 10-year notes
Oil prices eased off four-year highs above $82 hit on Tuesday but were still set for a fifth consecutive monthly quarter of gains, driven by a looming drop in Iranian exports in the last quarter of the year when global demand heats up. [O/R]
U.S. crude oil futures
(Additional reporting by Sujata Rao, Amanda Cooper, Zandi Shabalala and Peter Hobson in London, Amy Caren Daniel in Bengaluru, Lewis Krauskopf and Gertrude Chavez-Dreyfuss in New York; Editing by Bernadette Baum and Chizu Nomiyama)
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