* S&P, Nasdaq, German DAX hit record highs
* Wall Street's "fear gauge" at historic lows
* Bond yields on the rise, gold falls
* Oil buckles as concern grows over battle of OPEC vs shale
By Dion Rabouin
NEW YORK, May 9 Wall Street opened higher on
Tuesday, with the S&P 500 and Nasdaq touching all-time intraday
peaks, as U.S. equities tracked European stocks and global bond
Investor sentiment has been bolstered by historically low
U.S. stock market volatility, last weekend's French presidential
election result and solid corporate earnings.
The S&P 500 opened at an all-time record 2,401 points
and the VIX index of implied volatility - known as the Wall
Street "fear gauge" - fell to 9.56 points, the lowest since late
The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 21.04 points,
or 0.1 percent, to 21,033.32, the S&P 500 gained 3.16
points, or 0.13 percent, to 2,402.54 and the Nasdaq Composite
added 24.47 points, or 0.4 percent, to 6,127.13.
Europe's index of leading 300 shares rose to a
near-two year high of 1,556.3 points, Germany's DAX hit
a record high, and Britain's FTSE 100 added 0.6 percent.
The 10-year U.S. Treasury yield rose to its
highest in five weeks before a $24 billion auction of a
three-year government debt. German yields rose by
1-2 basis points and the 10-year British gilt yield
rose around 4 basis points.
"It's calm sailing today for stock markets," ETX Capital
senior markets analyst, Neil Wilson, said.
Victory for business-friendly centrist Emmanuel Macron in
France and earnings were also supportive for equities, he said,
adding: "So far, there is precious little to halt the rotation
from bonds to stocks."
The positive sentiment and rising U.S. Treasury yields also
boosted the dollar.
The dollar index rose 0.45 percent, with the euro
down 0.28 percent to $1.0891.
In commodities, oil market sentiment swung between optimism
over statements from major oil-producing countries that supply
cuts could be extended into 2018 and lingering concerns over
slowing demand and a rise in U.S. crude output.
Copper bounced from the four-month low touched on Monday
after data showed a sharp drop on imports into China, the
world's biggest consumer. London copper rose 0.5 percent
to $5,515 a tonne on Tuesday, after falling to as low as
$5,462.50 on Monday.
Gold prices touched a nearly eight-week low on Tuesday,
indicating a shift in investor preference for riskier assets.
Spot gold dropped 0.7 percent to $1,217.38 an ounce.
U.S. gold futures fell 0.79 percent to $1,217.40 an
Copper rose 0.78 percent to $5,529.00 a tonne.
Asian stocks did not perform as well, with China's seventh
consecutive decline - the longest losing streak for
four years - weighing on the region more broadly.
(Reporting by Dion Rabouin; Editing by Nick Zieminski)