Oil surges to over two-year peak; shares near flat
Oil prices surged to their highest since July 2015 on Monday as Saudi Arabia`s crown prince cemented his power with a crackdown on corruption, while shares worldwide were little changed and key currencies stayed in tight ranges.
Prince Mohammed`s reforms include a plan to list parts of state-owned oil company Saudi Aramco next year, with higher oil prices seen as beneficial for the market capitalization of the future listed company.
The news spurred concerns of Middle Eastern money pulling out of global financial markets. A weekend call by China`s central bank governor for tougher financial regulation also hit global investor sentiment.
The MSCI world equity index <.miwd00000pus>, which tracks shares in 47 countries rose 0.2 percent.
The pan-European STOXX 600 <.stoxx> closed 0.13 percent higher. Saudi Arabia`s own stock market fell as much as 1.5 percent before ending 0.1 percent higher, boosted in part by buying by government-linked funds. [EMRG/FRX]
Sentiment towards the U.S. dollar was still positive with leveraged funds paring bearish bets to be net long for the first time since late July. [IMM/FX]
"There is some ongoing adjustment in market expectations on the dollar`s outlook on the progress of the U.S. tax bill and on the ongoing Saudi situation but market moves have been in narrow ranges," said Alberto Gallo, head of macro strategies at Algebris Investments in London.NASDAQ AT PEAK
Wall Street`s three key equity indexes rose slightly in afternoon trading, with investors focused on what could be the biggest merger in the technology sector.
The tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite Index <.ixic> hit a new record high above 6,765.12 on news that chip maker Broadcom Ltd
The market was otherwise muted. The Dow Jones Industrial Average <.dji> rose 22.84 points, or 0.1 percent, to 23,562.03, while the S&P 500 <.spx> gained 3.79 points, or 0.15 percent, to 6,783.06.
The U.S. dollar was little changed after investors took profits on its best weekly performance this year, with wariness about the status of the U.S. economy and tax reform plans setting the tone.
Facing pockets of discontent in their own Republican ranks, tax negotiators in the U.S. House of Representatives will seek to bridge differences over their far-reaching tax bill and stick to a self-imposed deadline of passage this month.
The index that measures the greenback against a basket of currencies <.dxy> fell 0.18 percent, with the euro
The Japanese yen strengthened 0.19 percent versus the greenback at 113.85 per dollar
The spread between two-year and 10-year U.S. Treasury yields was the narrowest in more than a decade as sluggish domestic inflation underpinned demand for longer-maturity government bonds.
Benchmark 10-year Treasury notes
The 30-year bond
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