September 26, 2018 / 1:18 AM / in 2 months

Wall Street rally fizzles, U.S. dollar rises, after Fed rate hike

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A rally in U.S. equities fizzled out late on Wednesday, while the U.S. dollar rose, after the Federal Reserve raised interest rates, as expected, and flagged the end of its “accommodative” monetary policy.

FILE PHOTO - Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., September 21, 2018. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

With steady economic growth and a strong job market, the Fed indicated that it still foresees another rate rise in December, three more next year, and one in 2020.

Though the U.S. dollar was higher, it had briefly stumbled after the Fed decision.

“The strong dollar has been torpedoing everyone’s international investments for the better part of a year or so,” said Jamie Cox, Managing Partner at Harris Financial Group in Richmond, Virginia.

“If the dollar tails off here or just levels off, that is very bullish for emerging markets and other places where that dollar strength has really been a problem.”

The Dow Jones Industrial Average .DJI fell 106.93 points, or 0.4 percent, to 26,385.28, the S&P 500 .SPX lost 9.59 points, or 0.33 percent, to 2,905.97 and the Nasdaq Composite .IXIC dropped 17.11 points, or 0.21 percent, to 7,990.37.

The higher greenback also dented the Canadian dollar, which hit its lowest level CAD=D4 in more than a week. Concerns that Canada would be left out of a trade deal with its NAFTA counterparts also weighed.

U.S. Treasury yields fell, with the yield curve now at its flattest levels in over a week. Longer-dated yields led the bond market in the wake of Fed Chairman Jerome Powell’s inflation comment.

Benjamin Franklin U.S. 100 dollar banknotes and a Chinese 100 yuan banknote with the late Chinese Chairman Mao Zedong are seen in this file picture illustration in Beijing, China, January 21, 2016. REUTERS/Jason Lee/Files

“His statements on the economy at the press conference was pretty bullish,” said Dec Mullarkey, managing director of investment strategies at Sun Life Investment Management in Wellesley, Massachusetts. “On the inflation front, he saw things as pretty contained.”

Benchmark 10-year notes US10YT=RR last rose 14/32 in price to yield 3.0499 percent, from 3.102 percent late on Tuesday.

Earlier in the day, Chinese equity markets had set a positive tone after global index provider MSCI (MSCI.N) said it could quadruple China’s weighting in global benchmarks. That lent fresh impetus to a market already buoyed by expectations of state stimulus to offset the impact of U.S. tariffs.

(Graphic: MSCI world index - ups and downs in 2018 - reut.rs/2xBIVnO)

Shanghai-listed shares closed almost 1.0 percent higher at eight-week highs .SSEC and the Hang Seng Index, made up of large Hong Kong companies .HSI, rose 1.15 percent.

The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index .FTEU3 rose 0.27 percent and MSCI's gauge of stocks across the globe .MIWD00000PUS shed 0.15 percent.

The dollar index .DXY rose 0.15 percent, with the euro EUR= down 0.25 percent to $1.1741. The Japanese yen strengthened 0.25 percent versus the greenback at 112.74 per dollar.

Oil prices eased off four-year highs above $82 hit on Tuesday but were still set for a fifth consecutive monthly quarter of gains, driven by a looming drop in Iranian exports in the last quarter of the year when global demand heats up.

U.S. crude CLcv1 fell 0.43 percent to $71.97 per barrel and Brent LCOcv1 was last at $81.10, down 0.2 percent on the day.

Additional reporting by Fergal Smith in Toronto; Lewis Krauskopf, Caroline Valetkevitch, Richard Leong and Gertrude Chavez-Dreyfuss in New York; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama

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