April 10, 2019 / 4:05 PM / 2 months ago

GLOBAL MARKETS-Stocks, U.S. dollar inch higher on ECB stance

* Euro zone bond yields, euro decline on dovish ECB

* U.S. stocks gain on tame inflation reading for March

* Oil rallies on steep U.S. gasoline stock draw

* Graphic: World FX rates in 2019 tmsnrt.rs/2egbfVh (Adds U.S. market open, byline, dateline; previous LONDON)

By Herbert Lash

NEW YORK, April 10 (Reuters) - The U.S. dollar and world stock markets edged higher on Wednesday amid tame U.S. inflation data and as the European Central Bank left its ultra-easy policy stance unchanged but warned that economic risks remained to the downside.

ECB President Mario Draghi said economic data was weak and confirmed policymakers were considering whether measures were needed to mitigate the impact on European banks of the central bank's negative deposit rates.

European bank stocks declined and the yield on Germany's benchmark 10-year bond fell to a one-week low of negative 0.038%, about 0.05 percentage point from 2-1/2 year lows they hit last month.

Separately, data showed U.S. consumer prices increased by the most in 14 months in March but underlying inflation remained benign against a backdrop of slowing global economic growth.

The Federal Reserve will release minutes from its March meeting at 2 p.m. ET (1800 GMT), providing insight into the thinking behind its move to suspend rate hikes this year.

MSCI's all-country equity index gained 0.09%, while the pan-European STOXX 600 index rose 0.21%.

Reckitt Benckiser shares fell 6% to weigh on Britain's blue chip FTSE 100 index after the U.S. Justice Department accused Indivior Plc, a former RB unit, of illegally boosting prescriptions for its blockbuster opioid addiction treatment. Indivior shares tumbled 71.5%.

On Wall Street, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 15.93 points, or 0.06%, to 26,134.65. The S&P 500 gained 5.28 points, or 0.18%, to 2,883.48 and the Nasdaq Composite added 35.57 points, or 0.45%, to 7,944.85.

Industrial stocks were down 0.38%, as Boeing Co shares continued to weigh after the company on Tuesday reported zero new orders for its 737 MAX jet following a worldwide grounding of the aircraft in March.

Boeing's shares fell 1.26%, keeping the Dow Industrials in the red.

U.S. Treasury yields slipped, weighed down by the tepid U.S. inflation data for March, which reinforced expectations that the Federal Reserve would hold interest rates steady or possibly cut them by the end of the year.

"There is a persistent trend of inflation underperformance that may soon become problematic for the Fed," said Ian Lyngen, head of U.S. rates strategy at BMO Capital Markets in New York.

The benchmark 10-year U.S. Treasury note rose 7/32 in price to push its yield lower to 2.4756%.

The euro fell as Draghi underscored the risks facing the euro zone economy, allowing the dollar some respite from recent selling.

The dollar index, tracking it against six major currencies, rose 0.02%, with the euro down 0.06% to $1.1254. The Japanese yen strengthened 0.20% versus the greenback at 110.94 per dollar.

Oil prices rose after U.S. data showing a hefty drawdown in gasoline stocks overshadowed crude inventories rising to their highest in more than a year, and as sanctions and blackouts in Venezuela helped tighten global supply.

International benchmark Brent futures rose 57 cents to $71.18 a barrel. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil futures climbed 26 cents to $64.24 a barrel. (Reporting by Herbert Lash, additional reporting by Gertrude Chavez-Dreyfuss in New York; Editing by Bernadette Baum)

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