* Three main Wall Street indexes hit record highs for 2nd
* Dow tops 19,000, S&P 500 tops 2,200 for first time
* Oil prices fall after touching highest of month
* U.S. 2-year Treasury yields hit more than six-year high
* Dollar near six-month high vs yen
(Updates to close of European markets)
By Sam Forgione
NEW YORK, Nov 22 Wall Street's three main stock
indexes hit record highs for a second straight day on Tuesday
before trimming gains, while European shares also rose on
expectations that markets would benefit from U.S.
President-elect Donald Trump's policies.
The Dow topped the 19,000 mark and the S&P 500 moved past
2,200 for the first time ever, while the pan-European STOXX 600
index and the FTSEurofirst 300 of top regional
shares climbed to the highest levels since Nov. 10.
Declines in U.S. healthcare stocks chipped away at the
indexes gains, however. U.S. shares have rallied since the Nov.
8 U.S. election as Trump has promised tax cuts, higher spending
on infrastructure and simpler regulations in the banking and
A sharp rally in metals prices and mining stocks boosted
European shares as the recent trend of a rotation to cyclical
plays continued. The European Basic Resources index,
closed up more than 3.4 percent after prices of major industrial
metals such as copper and aluminum increased.
"Optimism is returning because of the potential that exists
in the form of fiscal stimulus, infrastructure spending and tax
cuts," said Robert Pavlik, chief market strategist at Boston
Private Wealth in New York.
MSCI's all-country world equity index was
last up 0.74 point, or 0.18 percent, at 413.04.
The Dow Jones industrial average was up 27.43 points,
or 0.14 percent, at 18,984.12. The S&P 500 was down 0.14
point, or 0.01 percent, at 2,198.04. The Nasdaq Composite
was up 10.15 points, or 0.19 percent, at 5,379.01.
Europe's broad FTSEurofirst 300 index closed up 0.13 percent
Oil prices fell in volatile trade on worries Iran and Iraq
were not ready to agree on an OPEC output freeze. Prices earlier
rose to their highest levels this month on reports that cartel
members had overcome their internal disputes.
Brent crude was last down 40 cents, or 0.82 percent,
at $48.5 a barrel. U.S. crude was down 77 cents, or 1.6
percent, at $47.47 per barrel. U.S. crude rose as high as $49.20
a barrel earlier, while benchmark Brent crude touched $49.96.
The dollar edged higher against the yen after touching a
session high of 111.35 yen, just below Monday's nearly 6-month
high of 111.36 yen, on data showing a surge in U.S. existing
home sales last month.
The data reinforced expectations not only that the U.S.
Federal Reserve would raise interest rates next month, but would
tighten monetary policy further next year.
"The greenback should continue to benefit from mounting
expectations for inflation and a potentially faster pace of Fed
rate hikes," said Omer Esiner, chief market analyst at
Commonwealth Foreign Exchange in Washington.
U.S. two-year Treasury note yields steadied after
rising to a more than six-year high of 1.1070 percent
New supply has weighed on shorter-dated debt at the same
time as investors are increasingly nervous about impending
interest rate hikes.
Gold edged lower on reduced appetite for safe-haven assets.
Spot gold prices were last down $1.64, or 0.14 percent,
at $1,212.02 an ounce.
(Additional reporting by Yashaswini Swamynathan in Bengaluru,
Sabina Zawadzki in London and Karen Brettell and Gertrude
Chavez-Dreyfuss in New York; Editing by Nick Zieminski and Dan