Global Stocks Pause at Record Highs; Dollar Slips

Global stocks paused near all-time highs and Treasuries steadied on Thursday, with a more sober mood reflecting concerns about fragile economic recoveries. The dollar held close to its lowest in more than two years.

European stocks opened mixed, with energy shares leading decliners.

Here are some of the main moves in markets:

Global Stocks

  • Futures on the S&P 500 Index were little changed at 8:24 a.m. London time.
  • The Stoxx Europe 600 Index was little changed.
  • The MSCI Asia Pacific Index advanced 0.5%.
  • The MSCI Emerging Market Index gained 0.5%.

Currencies

  • The euro gained 0.1% to $1.2132.
  • The British pound jumped 0.3% to $1.3404.
  • The onshore yuan was little changed at 6.56 per dollar.
  • The Japanese yen strengthened 0.1% to 104.32 per dollar.

Bonds

  • The yield on 10-year Treasuries gained less than one basis point to 0.94%.
  • The yield on two-year Treasuries increased less than one basis point to 0.16%.
  • Germany’s 10-year yield fell one basis point to -0.53%.
  • Japan’s 10-year yield was unchanged at 0.026%.
  • Britain’s 10-year yield fell one basis point to 0.348%.

Commodities

  • West Texas Intermediate crude climbed 0.1% to $45.31 a barrel.
  • Brent crude increased 0.3% to $48.38 a barrel.
  • Gold strengthened 0.4% to $1,839.33 an ounce.

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