* Dow, S&P 500, Nasdaq, Russell 2000 hit record highs
* European shares edge higher
* U.S. yields stable after 2-yr yields hit 6-1/2-yr high
* Dollar falls on profit-taking
* U.S. crude down about 4 pct on uncertainty over production
* Gold prices hit 9-1/2-month low
(Updates to close of U.S., European stock markets)
By Sam Forgione
NEW YORK, Nov 25 Key stock indexes on Wall
Street swept to record intraday and closing highs on Black
Friday thanks to gains in consumer staple and technology stocks,
while European shares climbed, and a stabilization in U.S.
Treasury yields led investors to sell the dollar.
The Dow, S&P 500 and Nasdaq indexes, as well as the small
cap Russell 2000, hit record closing and intraday highs
in thin trading, with the U.S. stock market closing at 1:00 p.m.
ET (1700 GMT). For the week, the Dow and Nasdaq gained 1.5
percent, while the S&P gained 1.4 percent.
The S&P 500 consumer staples index's 0.8 percent gain
boosted shares on Black Friday, which traditionally
kicks off the crucial U.S. holiday shopping season.
European stocks notched a third week of gains, even as
commodities stocks fell after a tumble in oil prices.
Uncertainty over whether OPEC will agree to cut production at
the group's meeting next week weighed on crude prices.
Expectations that U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's
promises of tax cuts, higher spending on infrastructure and less
regulation would benefit certain industries, including banking,
industrials and healthcare have underpinned multiple all-time
highs in U.S. shares in recent trading.
"While many stocks have risen quite briskly, investors are
looking for some forgotten names in the rally," said Andre
Bakhos, managing director at Janlyn Capital in Bernardsville,
MSCI's all-country world equity index was
last up 1.84 points, or 0.45 percent, at 414.97.
The Dow Jones industrial average closed up 68.96
points, or 0.36 percent, at 19,152.14. The S&P 500 ended
up 8.63 points, or 0.39 percent, at 2,213.35. The Nasdaq
Composite closed up 18.24 points, or 0.34 percent, at
Europe's broad FTSEurofirst 300 index closed up
0.29 percent, at 1,351.66.
While positive for stocks, Trump's surprise victory in the
Nov. 8 election has sent U.S. Treasury yields higher and prices
lower as investors bet his pro-growth and inflationary policies
will erode the value of U.S. bonds.
U.S. Treasuries were last steady after two-year yields hit a
6 1/2-year high of 1.1700 percent overnight as investors
evaluated how much further the selloff had to run.
"There are a number of people that want to buy in but also
don't want to get whipped by the next 25-to-30 basis point
selloff," said Gennadiy Goldberg, an interest rate strategist at
TD Securities in New York.
The dollar index, which measures the greenback
against a basket of six major currencies, was last down 0.3
percent at 101.450 as investors took advantage of the pullback
in U.S. bond yields to lock in gains that have propelled the
currency to a nearly 14-year peak.
Despite Friday's steep losses, U.S. and benchmark Brent
crude oil prices were set to post a second straight week of
gains. Brent crude was last down $1.79, or 3.65 percent,
at $47.21 a barrel. U.S. crude was off $1.89, or 3.94
percent, at $46.07 per barrel.
Gold prices tumbled to a 9-1/2 month low of
$1,171.2100 an ounce, partly on expectations of a U.S. interest
rate rise from the Federal Reserve next month.
(Additional reporting by Yashaswini Swamynathan in Bengaluru,
Jessica Resnick-Ault in Boston and Karen Brettell and Gertrude
Chavez-Dreyfuss in New York; Editing by Bernadette Baum)