World stocks hit month peak; dollar firms to three-week high
By Lewis Krauskopf NEW YORK (Reuters) - A gauge of global stocks hit a one-month high on Wednesday as Wall Street and European markets churned higher after a raft of strong corporate earnings, while the U.S. dollar hit a three-week high against a basket of major currencies.
By Lewis Krauskopf
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A gauge of global stocks hit a one-month high on Wednesday as Wall Street and European markets churned higher after a raft of strong corporate earnings, while the U.S. dollar hit a three-week high against a basket of major currencies.
Oil prices rose, reversing earlier losses, on bullish demand signals. Gold slumped to a year low before rebounding.
Markets also responded to a second day of congressional testimony from U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell, whose upbeat remarks about the economy on Tuesday bolstered the dollar. Powell repeated on Wednesday that rising world protectionism would over time pose a risk to a U.S. and global expansion that currently appears largely on track to continue.
“Strengthening economic growth and a confident Fed is helping to support the dollar,” said Alan Gayle, president of Via Nova Investment Management LLC in Fredericksburg, Virginia. "Higher short-term interest rates make the dollar more attractive relative to other currencies."
On Wall Street, the Dow Jones Industrial Average <.DJI> rose 70.11 points, or 0.28 percent, to 25,190, the S&P 500 <.SPX> gained 4.42 points, or 0.16 percent, to 2,813.97, and the Nasdaq Composite <.IXIC> dropped 1.74 points, or 0.02 percent, to 7,853.38.
The S&P 500 hit a more than five-month high.
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The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index <.FTEU3> rose 0.60 percent, hitting a one-month high. The region's shares were supported by currency weakness and a rally in tech stocks following well-received earnings updates, including from Sweden's Ericsson
MSCI's gauge of stocks across the globe <.MIWD00000PUS> gained 0.15 percent and touched its highest point in a month.
In the foreign exchange market, the dollar index <.DXY>, which measures the greenback against a basket of six currencies, rose 0.15 percent, to 95.087, after rising as high 95.407. The euro
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Oil prices rose after U.S. government data indicated bullish demand for gasoline and distillates, which overshadowed a surprise build in U.S. crude inventories and U.S. crude oil production's hitting 11 million barrels per day for the first time.
(Reporting by Lewis Krauskopf; Additional reporting by Eric Onstad in London; Editing by Bernadette Baum and Leslie Adler)
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