Stocks gain on economic data

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World stock markets rose on Tuesday, first on upbeat Chinese data and later on a solid increase in U.S. factory output, while the dollar see-sawed on expectations the Federal Reserve will keep a downbeat economic outlook when policymakers meet this week. Gold retreated and investors drove longer-term U.S. Treasury yields higher, steepening the yield curve, as the Fed began a two-day meeting.

The euro gained after the ZEW economic sentiment survey showed investor sentiment in Germany rose in September, despite headwinds from Brexit and rising coronavirus infections. U.S. factory output increased strongly last month, while U.S. import prices rose more than expected, supporting the view that inflation pressures were building.

Data showed Chinese industrial output accelerated the most in eight months in August, up 5.6%, to spark a jump in the yuan to a 16-month high. Retail sales in China also grew for the first time this year, beating forecasts. MSCI’s all-country world index rose 0.75% to 576.99, while Europe’s broad FTSEurofirst 300 index added 0.71% to 1,439.08. On Wall Street, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.41%, the S&P 500 gained 0.94% and the Nasdaq Composite added 1.55%. The S&P tech index jumped 1.6% as it recovered for a second day from a plunge at the end of last week that had knocked the Nasdaq into corrective territory, defined as a 10% slide from a recent peak. MSCI’s emerging markets index rose 0.71%.

The dollar index rose 0.043%, with the euro down 0.15% to $1.185. The Japanese yen strengthened 0.24% versus the greenback at 105.47 per dollar. Overnight, MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan added 0.5%, for a fourth straight day of gains that have boosted it 3% for the year after its recent reversal from its coronavirus plunge.

Oil prices rose, supported by hurricane supply disruptions in the United States, but forecasts of a slower-than-expected recovery in global demand from the pandemic weighed. Brent crude futures rose $0.69, to $40.3 a barrel. U.S. crude futures gained $0.77, to $38.03 a barrel. Gold slipped from a near-two week high as the dollar rose, although hopes for a dovish monetary policy stance from the U.S. Federal Reserve limited the safe-haven metals’ losses. Spot gold prices fell 0.16% to $1,953.27 an ounce.

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Stocks gain on economic data as dollar trades little changed, Reuters, Sep 15

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