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GLOBAL MARKETS-Dollar, equity markets climb; Amazon boosts U.S. stocks
July 10, 2017 / 4:28 PM / in 5 months

GLOBAL MARKETS-Dollar, equity markets climb; Amazon boosts U.S. stocks

(Adds U.S. market open, byline, dateline; previous LONDON)

* Amazon Prime online sale boosts technology shares

* Dollar climbs to two-month high against yen

* U.S. Treasury yields slip

* Crude oil rebounds slightly

By Herbert Lash

NEW YORK, July 10 (Reuters) - The U.S. dollar climbed to a two-month high against the yen on Monday and global equity markets rallied, lifted by robust economic data from Germany and renewed interest in U.S. technology stocks spurred by an Amazon Prime online sale event.

The dollar rose after the Bank of Japan offered last week to buy an unlimited amount of bonds and following an unexpected drop in May in Japanese machinery orders that pressured the yen.

Stocks on Wall Street edged higher as gains in technology outweighed losses in healthcare. Five of 11 major S&P sectors rose, with the healthcare index down 0.21 percent and the infotech index up 0.62 percent.

Amazon, lifted by its online sale event, contributed the most points to the benchmark S&P 500, followed by gains in Facebook, Microsoft, Apple and Nvidia Corp. Amazon rose 1.7 percent to $995.46.

Investors, especially ETF traders who like sectors, have tried in recent weeks to establish new leadership in the U.S. equity market but have returned to the technology sector, said Rick Meckler, president of hedge fund LibertyView Capital Management LLC in Jersey City, New Jersey.

“The biggest motivating thing in today’s market and it’s certainly thin trading, is the Amazon Prime day, which has gotten people interested in Amazon again,” Meckler said.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 10.54 points, or 0.05 percent, to 21,424.88. The S&P 500 gained 3.18 points, or 0.13 percent, to 2,428.36 and the Nasdaq Composite added 13.39 points, or 0.22 percent, to 6,166.47.

Stock markets advanced around the world as well. The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index of leading regional shares rose 0.46 percent, while MSCI’s gauge of global stocks gained 0.29 percent.

Surprisingly strong data on German exports in May lifted German equities and provided a bounce for European shares. The data show a strong German economy ahead of a Sept. 24 election in which Chancellor Angela Merkel is seeking a fourth term.


The dollar index, which tracks the greenback against six major rivals, was up 0.07 percent at 96.073. The dollar was up 0.17 percent to 114.07 yen, after hitting 114.29 yen, its highest since May 11, earlier in the session.

“The dollar has been broadly supported over the past couple of days and is showing some mild signs of recovery after weakness in the prior week,” said Erik Nelson, currency strategist at Wells Fargo Securities in New York.

U.S. Treasury yields slipped after rising for more than a week, in line with weakness in European bond markets. Investors consolidated positions following a strong U.S. non-farm payrolls report that has kept the Federal Reserve on track towards raising interest rates at least once more this year.

U.S. long-dated yields, which move inversely to prices, fell for just the second time in nine days.

“This is mostly consolidation given there’s not a lot of data,” said Bruno Braizinha, interest rates strategist, at Societe Generale in New York.

On Monday, euro-zone bond yields fell, with investors buying back bonds after a two-week selloff. The yield on Germany’s 10-year government bond, the benchmark for the region, was headed for its biggest one-day fall in almost four weeks, down 4 basis points at 0.54 percent.

In late morning trading, benchmark 10-year Treasury yields fell to 2.3659 percent, from 2.393 percent last Friday. After Friday’s jobs report, U.S. 10-year yields hit an eight-week high of 2.398 percent.

Crude oil rebounded. Brent crude futures were last up 33 cents on the day at $47.04 a barrel, while U.S. crude futures were last up 30 cents at $44.53 a barrel.

Editing by Bernadette Baum

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