May 22, 2019 / 3:25 PM / 4 months ago

GLOBAL MARKETS-Investors seek safety on threat of wider U.S.-China spat

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* Crude prices fall on swelling U.S. stockpiles

By Herbert Lash

NEW YORK, May 22 (Reuters) - Global equity markets slid on Wednesday as investors sought safety in bonds, the Japanese yen and Swiss franc amid renewed worries over the U.S.-China trade standoff after reports the United States has another Chinese tech firm in its sights.

Relief over Washington's temporary relaxation of curbs against China's Huawei Technologies Co Ltd evaporated after reports that the White House is considering further sanctions on Chinese video surveillance firm Hikvision.

Fears of another blacklisting reinforced worries that U.S. President Donald Trump is looking beyond sealing a trade deal with China to a potentially bigger battle aimed at curbing Beijing's technology ambitions.

The yen and Swiss franc gained against the dollar and the price of the 10-year U.S. Treasury note rose, but the decline in U.S. and European equity markets was subdued.

"The market is still expecting a resolution or at least a modification of some of the worrying aspects out there about the trade relationship," said John Vail, chief global strategist at Nikko Asset Management in New York.

Major central banks around the world still have accommodative monetary policies, which favors equities, he said.

"Clearly the situation is more fraught than it has been in the past," Vail said. "But for the time being we're still positive on equity markets globally."

Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan closed 0.03% higher, while Japan's Nikkei rose 0.05%.

The Chinese markets, which have endured a volatile few months, were on the backfoot. The Shanghai Composite Index closed down 0.5%.

MSCI's gauge of stock performance in 47 countries across the globe shed 0.20% and the FTSEurofirst 300 index of leading Europeans shares fell 0.13%.

On Wall Street, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 70.84 points, or 0.27%, to 25,806.49. The S&P 500 lost 6.85 points, or 0.24%, to 2,857.51 and the Nasdaq Composite dropped 20.32 points, or 0.26%, to 7,765.40.

London's FTSE 100 blue chips bucked the trend, rising 0.07% as sterling slumped to lows last seen in early January amid renewed worries about the country's messy exit from the European Union.

The pound fell 0.43% to $1.2650, its lowest since early January, after Prime Minister Theresa May's final gambit to get a divorce deal approved failed dramatically.

The dollar held near a one-month high ahead of the release of Federal Reserve meeting minutes, which may provide more clues on why the U.S. central bank stood pat on interest rates earlier this month.

Investors sought havens in the Swiss franc, Japanese yen and German government bonds.

The yen strengthened away from two-week lows against the dollar, rising 0.17% to 110.30 yen, while the Swiss franc was higher against the euro and the dollar. The euro fell 0.04% against the dollar to $1.1154.

In commodities, U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were down $1.25 at $61.88 per barrel after American Petroleum Institute data showed that U.S. crude stockpiles rose unexpectedly last week.

Oil was also pressured by Saudi Arabia reiterating that it would aim to keep the market balanced and try to reduce tensions in the Middle East.

Brent crude futures lost $1.01 to $71.17 per barrel.

Benchmark 10-year notes last rose 10/32 in price to yield 2.3909%.

Reporting by Herbert Lash Editing by Susan Thomas

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