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Europe, emerging markets boost stocks; U.S. assets fall on data
May 12, 2017 / 8:54 AM / 7 months ago

Europe, emerging markets boost stocks; U.S. assets fall on data

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A measure of stock markets around the globe edged up on Friday led by European and emerging market equities while underwhelming U.S. retail sales data pushed U.S. Treasury yields and the dollar lower.

Traders work in front of the German share price index, DAX board, at the stock exchange in Frankfurt, Germany, May 8, 2017. REUTERS/Pawel Kopczynski/Files

MSCI’s gauge of stock markets around the globe .MIWD00000PUS rose 0.12 percent for the day and 0.094 percent for the week, the fourth straight weekly increase.

The U.S. benchmark S&P 500 stock index and the Dow edged lower as tepid economic data weighed on banks and worries deepened over Nordstrom Inc (JWN.N), J.C. Penney (JCP.N) and other department stores after weak earnings reports.

The S&P closed lower and fell for the first week in four as weak economic data weighed on financial shares.

A less-than-expected 0.4 percent month-over-month increase in April retail sales and below-expectations report on consumer prices stirred fears about the retail sector as well as the economy.

“The numbers were light again. People don’t seem to be spending money despite employment and income numbers being good. It’s concerning,” said Stephen Massocca, senior vice president at Wedbush Securities in San Francisco.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average .DJI fell 22.81 points, or 0.11 percent, to 20,896.61; the S&P 500 .SPX lost 3.54 points, or 0.15 percent, to 2,390.9 and the Nasdaq Composite .IXIC added 5.27 points, or 0.09 percent, to 6,121.23.

The dollar index, which tracks the currency against a basket of six major rivals, fell 0.45 percent to 99.177 .DXY.

The U.S. Treasuries market rallied with benchmark 10-year yields posting the biggest one-day drop in more than three weeks, spurred lower by the weaker-than-expected retail sales and inflation data that diminished the view the Federal Reserve would raise interest rates more than once for the rest of the year.

“With the CPI report today, the market is concerned about inflation,” said Thomas Roth, head of Treasury trading at MUFG Securities America in New York.

The yield on 10-year Treasuries US10YT=RR fell 7 basis points to 2.33 percent, while the 30-year yield US30YT=RR was 5 basis points lower at 2.99 percent.

In Europe, stock markets steadied this week. Their outperformance this year against global peers remains intact, with the benchmark's 10 percent gains outpacing the 7 percent rise on the S&P 500 .SPX.

Emerging markets bourses continued their outperformance as well, with MSCI’s emerging markets index .MSCIEF rising 0.2 percent and touching a fresh two-year high. The gauge has posted year-to-date gains of more than 15 percent.

Oil prices edged higher to score their biggest weekly gain in more than a month as traders expected OPEC-led production cuts to extend beyond the middle of this year and as U.S. crude inventories fell to their lowest levels since February.

International Brent crude futures LCOc1 stood at $50.89 per barrel. U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude futures CLc1 were at $47.90 per barrel.

Gold XAU= rose 0.3 percent to $1,227 an ounce. Copper CMCU3 also gained 0.3 percent after hitting a one-week high in the previous session with investors encouraged by top copper consumer China’s easing of monetary policy to stimulate growth.

Reporting by Dion Rabouin; Additional reporting by Vikram Subhedar in London, Noel Randewich in San Francisco, Richard Leong in New York; editing by Bernadette Baum and Cynthia Osterman

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