Global Markets: Stocks hover near record highs as bond yields slide
U.S. bond yields fell to three month lows and a broad gauge of Asian shares rose on Friday as investors saw enough one-off factors in U.S.
BookmarkNEW YORK/LONDON: European shares and an index of global stock performance scaled new peaks while yields on U.S., Japanese and European government debt fell on Friday as investors embraced the easy monetary policies of major central banks.Investor sentiment rose in Europe after the European Central Bank raised its growth and inflation projections on Thursday as it also renewed a pledge to keep stimulus flowing.
AdvertisementAdvertisementThe pan-regional STOXX Europe 600 index rose 0.7per cent to a record close, posting its sixth straight session of gains and best weekly performance at 1.1per cent since early May.The MSCI all-country world equity index, a benchmark that tracks shares in 50 countries, set a new intraday high and then hovered slightly in the black.
Stocks on Wall Street seesawed near breakeven as investors repositioned portfolios into tech stocks after they shrugged off data on Thursday that showed year-on-year inflation spiked to 5.0per cent in May, a jump the Federal Reserve has said is transient. headtopics.com
U.S. growth-oriented stocks slightly outpaced value stocks as declining Treasury yields confounded investors who see signs of inflation being more persistent than the Fed's view that sharply rising consumer prices will be short-lived.Advertisement
Advertisement"You've seen an increasing comfort level with the Fed's stance that inflation is going to be transitory and as that sinks in, you continue to see large buyers of bonds, which is keeping yields from rising," said Michael James, managing director of equity trading at Wedbush Securities in Los Angeles.
Inflation data has alarmed many investors, but for the moment the reaction is stocks are still preferable to bonds in an inflationary environment, said Rick Meckler, partner at Cherry Lane Investments in New Vernon, New Jersey."There is a concern that eventually you could get some migration out of stocks into bonds," Meckler said."But right now we seem to be at that pre-tipping point where bonds don't yield enough to scare people out of stocks."
The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 0.12per cent, the S&P 500 gained 0.03per cent and the Nasdaq Composite added 0.18per cent.AdvertisementOvernight in Asia, MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan gained 0.3per cent.Yields on 10-year U.S. Treasury notes rose 0.3 basis points to 1.4619per cent after earlier declines that positioned the benchmark for its biggest weekly decline in a year. headtopics.com
Euro area bond yields followed Treasuries. Benchmark German 10-year bonds fell 3 basis points to -0.28per cent and were set for their best week of the year. Yields move inversely with prices.Falling expectations that higher inflation could lead to early Fed tightening prompted a flattening of the U.S. yield curve, with the spread between the 10-year and 2-year yield at its narrowest since late February on Friday.
Yields will likely move higher again as economies reopen from coronavirus lockdowns."We still think consumers are going to help prices higher, when these economies reopen properly, that people can start traveling again, spending again," said Jeremy Gatto, investment manager at Unigestion.
"We are going to get a further boost from the consumption side, and we therefore expect bond yields to move higher."The euro and sterling dipped against the dollar as investors bet interest rates would stay lower for longer in Europe.The dollar index rose 0.54per cent, with the euro fell 0.55per cent to US$1.2102. The Japanese yen weakened 0.35per cent versus the greenback at 109.70 per dollar.
Oil prices rose to multi-year highs, heading for a third straight week of gains on the improved outlook for worldwide demand as rising vaccination rates lead to a lifting of pandemic curbs.Brent crude futures rose 17 cents to settle at US$72.69 a barrel. U.S. crude futures settled up 62 cents at US$70.91 a barrel. headtopics.com
U.S. gold futures settled 0.9per cent lower at US$1,879.6 an ounce.(Reporting by Herbert Lash, additional reporting by Tom Wilson in London, Andrew Galbraith in Shanghai and Sujata Rao; Editing by Elaine Hardcastle, Diane Craft and Chizu Nomiyama) Read more: CNA »
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European shares hit record high, bond yields fall as inflation fears easeU.S. bond yields fell to three month lows and a broad gauge of Asian shares rose on Friday as investors saw enough one-off factors in U.S.