A set of strong U.S. earnings reports lifted the S&P 500 stock index to a record closing high on Tuesday, while oil prices rallied on Saudi Arabia`s pledge to cut exports in August and copper hit a two-year high.
The dollar edged up after hitting its lowest level since June 2016 as the Federal Reserve began a two-day policy meeting.
The Fed was expected to discuss its monetary policy stance and the timing of a long-awaited balance sheet reduction, a plan seen as likely to be detailed in September. No change to U.S. interest rates was expected.
There is a growing sense that the Fed will want to tread carefully amid signs of subdued U.S. inflation, and markets were reflecting that.
Investors also are watching developments in Washington, where the U.S. Senate voted to begin formal debate of healthcare legislation that would repeal major elements of Obamacare and possibly replace it with a less costly program.
There has been widespread concern that a failure to pass healthcare legislation reflects discord that will make budget negotiations acrimonious, raising the risk that debt payments due in October may be delayed as the United States bumps up against the debt ceiling.
"Right now, it`s kind of risk on. There`s been a certain amount of pullback based on concerns about politics and earnings growth. With politics, arguably the worst has happened with healthcare. There`s only the possibility of a pleasant surprise now," said Brad McMillan, chief investment officer for Commonwealth Financial in Waltham, Massachusetts.
"We`ve seen earnings come, in aggregate, well above what was expected. So basically the corporate fundamentals are ratifying what the market has been saying all along," McMillan said.
In the U.S. stock market, volatility was muted with the CBOE Volatility Index <.vix>, Wall Street`s fear gauge, at a more than 23-year low.
Upbeat results from Caterpillar Inc
The Nasdaq also hit a record high close, even though shares of Google parent Alphabet Inc
The Dow Jones Industrial Average <.dji> was up 100.26 points, or 0.47 percent, to 21,613.43, the S&P 500 <.spx> gained 7.17 points, or 0.29 percent, to 2,477.08 and the Nasdaq Composite <.ixic> added 1.37 points, or 0.02 percent, to 6,412.17.
MSCI`s index of stock markets across the world <.miwd00000pus> was up 0.2 percent, while European shares <.fteu3> rose 0.5 percent.
The dollar index <.dxy>, which measures the greenback against a basket of currencies, was last up 0.2 percent. It earlier hit its lowest level since June 2016 at 93.638.
U.S. Treasury yields rose as stocks hit record highs, reducing demand for safe-haven bonds.
Benchmark 10-year notes
In commodities, U.S. crude
Oil extended gains in post-settlement trading after data from the American Petroleum Institute showed a much-bigger-than-expected draw in U.S. crude inventories.
Copper prices hit their highest in more than two years, boosted by signs of demand from China and a weak dollar. Copper
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