Strong earnings lift stocks but trade fears cap gains and pressure dollar
Stocks around the world edged higher on Friday on robust earnings, with consumer staples results boosting Wall Street, though a trade spat between the United States and China along with tepid U.S. jobs numbers capped gains and weighed on the dollar.
U.S. job growth slowed more than expected in July as employment in transportation and utilities fell, but analysts said the numbers didn`t change their expectations for a September interest rate hike.
"With wages and salaries up 2.7 percent, which is consistent with the 2.9 percent annual increase we saw for private sector workers in the June employment cost index report released earlier this week, a third rate hike in September is all but certain," said Heidi Learner, chief economist at Savills Studley in New York.
Market participants were still focused on an escalating trade dispute between the United States and China, which proposed new tariffs on $60 billion worth of U.S. goods.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average <.dji> rose 138.7 points, or 0.55 percent, to 25,464.86, the S&P 500 <.spx> gained 12.72 points, or 0.45 percent, to 2,839.94 and the Nasdaq Composite <.ixic> added 5.90 points, or 0.08 percent, to 7,808.59.
The S&P consumer staples sector <.splrcs> rose 1.3 percent and led the gains among major S&P sectors, after getting a boost from Kraft Heinz Co
A fall in technology companies, such as Google parent Alphabet
Still, for the week, the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq were set to post gains. The Dow was on track to post a weekly loss.
MSCI`s gauge of stocks across the globe <.miwd00000pus> gained 0.35 percent, while the pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index <.fteu3> rose 0.67 percent.
According to Bespoke Investment Group, mentions of tariffs in S&P 500 company earnings reports for the second quarter have more than doubled from the first quarter of this year.
Following news of China`s retaliatory tariffs and the U.S. jobs data, yields on 7-year U.S. Treasury notes led a fall in U.S. government bond yields across maturities.
Benchmark 10-year notes
The 30-year bond
The U.S. dollar slipped against the yuan after the Chinese central bank raised the forward reserve requirement for foreign exchange in a bid to stabilize its currency. The dollar was 0.47 percent lower against the offshore yuan
"Traders playing chicken against the People’s Bank of China got hit by a truck this morning," said Karl Schamotta, a strategist at Cambridge Global Payments in Toronto.
The dollar index <.dxy>, which measures the greenback against a basket of six other currencies, was flat on the day at 95.148, after dipping as low as 94.98. The index was up 0.5 percent for the week.
Oil prices edged lower after Thursday`s rally, which was driven by an industry report suggesting U.S. crude stockpiles would soon decline after a surprise rise in the latest week. [O/R]
U.S. crude oil futures
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