(Adds close of U.S. markets, oil settlement prices)
* Oil hits three-week high on OPEC prospects, weaker dollar
* Copper up on expectations of more China demand
* Dollar slips but stays close to highest since 2003
* Major Wall St indexes close at record
By Chuck Mikolajczak
NEW YORK, Nov 21 U.S. stocks climbed on Monday
to close at a record and European equity markets also moved
higher as a jump in oil prices helped spur gains in the energy
Brent settled up 4.4 percent at $48.90 and U.S.
crude settled 3.9 percent higher at $47.49 after touching
their highest levels in about three weeks as the dollar
weakened. Comments by Russian President Vladimir Putin that
raised expectations major oil producing countries could reach a
deal to limit output at a meeting next week also spurred the
jump in oil prices.
Among U.S. equities, the S&P energy index gained 2.2
percent as the top-performing sector, closing at its highest
level in 16 months.
"The post-election rally is continuing," said Bucky Hellwig,
senior vice president at BB&T Wealth Management in Birmingham,
Alabama. "There was some concern that rates might rise too far,
but it looks like they may have slowed down a little bit."
The Dow Jones industrial average rose 88.76 points,
or 0.47 percent, to 18,956.69, the S&P 500 gained 16.28
points, or 0.75 percent, to 2,198.18 and the Nasdaq Composite
added 47.35 points, or 0.89 percent, to 5,368.86.
The levels marked a record close for each of the three major
Wall Street indexes, but market participants cautioned that
volume was likely to be light this week ahead of the U.S.
Thanksgiving Day holiday on Thursday.
The climb in oil lifted European markets, with the STOXX
Europe oil & gas index up 2.1 percent. Europe's index of
leading 300 shares closed up 0.3 percent. MSCI's
all-country world index advanced 0.8 percent.
The dollar eased 0.3 percent to 100.89 against a
basket of major currencies, pausing after a 10-day streak in
which it gained nearly 5 percent. That rally was fueled by
expectations of policies by U.S. President-elect Donald Trump
that would lead to interest rate increases.
In similar fashion, U.S. Treasury yields, which have soared
in the wake of the U.S. election, declined from one-year highs
as the recent sell-off tempted some new buyers. Benchmark
10-year note yields jumped as high as 2.36 percent
on Friday and were last up 4/32 in price to yield 2.3244
Sterling climbed 1.2 percent against the dollar to
$1.2491 as the market processed British Prime Minister Theresa
May's latest hints on the possible shape of Britain's exit from
the European Union.
Copper prices, which have risen on Trump's promise
to spend heavily on infrastructure, were up 2.5 percent
at $5,558.85 a tonne on the prospect of better demand in top
consumer China and on the dip in the greenback.
The pause in the U.S. dollar's rally helped gold
bounce from a 5-1/2 month low. Spot gold was up 0.4 percent at
$1,212.91 an ounce.
(Additional reporting by Caroline Valetkevitch; Editing by
Bernadette Baum and Dan Grebler)