World stocks were down for the fourth day in a row on Tuesday, but strong economic growth in Germany boosted the euro to an almost three-week high.
Wall Street was lower on weak oil prices, uncertainty about U.S. tax policy and the economy`s ability to deal with more interest rate hikes. European stocks fell to a two-month low.
U.S. Treasury two-year note yields climbed to a nine-year peak while long-dated debt yields fell, flattening the yield curve flattened for a second straight day, while investors braced for a Federal Reserve December rate hike.
In Germany a 0.8-percent third-quarter growth reading beat forecasts and showed the economy expanding at annualised rates of more than 3 percent.
"It`s been a euro trade today, and it`s stronger against just about everything," Brad Bechtel, managing director FX at Jefferies in New York, said. "The numbers out of Germany were pretty good last night."
The dollar index <.dxy> fell 0.45 percent, with the euro
On Wall Street the defensive utilities sector had the strongest showing while the energy sector was among the weakest.
"You`re at the end of the earnings season, economic data is all distorted because of the hurricanes, I don`t think there is going to be any clear picture until we get a firm yes or no for the tax bill," Scott Brown, chief economist at Raymond James in St. Petersburg, Florida.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average <.dji> fell 55.29 points, or 0.24 percent, to 23,384.41, the S&P 500 <.spx> lost 7.42 points, or 0.29 percent, to 2,577.42 and the Nasdaq Composite <.ixic> dropped 19.04 points, or 0.28 percent, to 6,738.56.
The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index <.fteu3> lost 0.57 percent and MSCI`s gauge of stocks across the globe <.miwd00000pus> shed 0.18 percent.
Monetary policy was also on traders` minds with the heads of the U.S., European, British and Japanese central banks attending a European Central Bank conference in Frankfurt.
The U.S. two-year yield
Benchmark 10-year notes
The mood in Asia was gloomy after China`s retail sales in industrial output data missed market expectations.
MSCI`s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan <.miapj0000pus> dipped 0.4 percent in its third consecutive day of losses. Japan`s Nikkei <.n225> was unchanged after four sessions of losses.
Oil declined on Tuesday for a third day as evidence of rising U.S. output and a gloomier outlook for demand growth in a report from the International Energy Agency (IEA) weighed on prices.
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