* U.S. shares fall slightly, European shares rise
* ECB spooks bonds, euro falls after initial surge
* China trade beats forecasts, commodity imports jump
* Oil rises after slip as investors eye more output cuts
* Graphic: World FX rates in 2016 tmsnrt.rs/2egbfVh
(Updates to U.S. market open, changes byline, previous dateline
By Sinead Carew
NEW YORK, Dec 8 Bond yields rose and the euro
dipped on Thursday after the European Central Bank said it would
slow its stimulus program from April, while Wall Street
struggled to extend the previous session's records.
European stocks rose after the ECB decision to reduce the
long-running bond buying scheme to 60 billion euros a month,
from 80 billion, from April to December 2017.
However, initial market reaction was tempered after ECB
President Mario Draghi said it was not an outright winding-down
of quantitative easing (QE), as policymakers want more evidence
of a sustained pickup in inflation in Europe.
"This isn't going to last forever, but they are saying we
are going to keep doing this until inflation comes back," said
Larry Milstein, head of U.S. government and agency trading at
R.W. Pressprich & Co in New York.
The benchmark 10-year Treasury note's yield was
last up 5 basis points at 2.396 percent, retreating from a
session high of 2.427 percent. The German 10-year Bund yield was
up 8 basis points at 0.429 percent.
The S&P 500 benchmark index was flat, with the leading
percentage losses from industrials, utilities and healthcare
The Dow Jones industrial average was down 7.92
points, or 0.04 percent, to 19,541.7, the S&P 500 had
lost 0.91 points, or 0.04 percent, to 2,240.44 and the Nasdaq
Composite had added 13.04 points, or 0.24 percent, to
The euro was last down 1.2 percent at $1.0626 after
surging to $1.0875 right after the bank's statement.
The dollar rose 0.8 percent against a basket of major
currencies after the ECB news and ahead of the U.S. Federal
Reserve meeting next week. A stronger greenback has been the
consensus since Donald Trump's election as U.S. president, but
some analysts have begun to question the rally's durability.
"We are still in our camp of pushing the euro lower into the
new year," said Alessio de Longis, a portfolio manager and macro
strategist with Oppenheimer Funds in New York. "If we are right
on the dollar's strength next year then it should break parity."
After initially turning negative following the ECB
announcement, European shares extended gains with the STOXX
last up 1 percent, underpinned by the continued rally
in banks, which rose 1.8 percent.
The gains in European stocks came after MSCI's broadest
indext of Asia-Pacific shares outside of Japan
rose 1 percent, hitting their highest point in almost a month.
Risk appetite got a boost when China reported upbeat trade
figures, with exports and imports both beating forecasts.
Resource imports were strong, a major reason prices for bulk
commodities have been rising.
A record peak for Samsung helped lift South
Korea almost 2 percent in its biggest gain in almost a
month. Tokyo's Nikkei gained 1.5 percent to hit its
highest point since January as it brushed off a disappointing
downward revision to Japan's third-quarter growth.
Oil futures reversed course and rose after a three-day
decline related to oversupply worries.
Brent futures were up 72 cents at $53.72 and U.S.
crude inched up 73 cents to $50.50, as market watchers
focused on a weekend meeting of OPEC and non-OPEC producers that
may result in an agreement to cut crude output further.
Gold nudged 0.2 percent lower as the dollar rose
(Additional reporting by Richard Leong and Karen Bretell in New
York, Patrick Graham in London and Wayne Cole in Sydney; Editing
by Janet Lawrence and Nick Zieminski)