The U.S. dollar and U.S. Treasury yields climbed on Tuesday after solid U.S. retail data and an easing in U.S.-North Korean rhetoric, but Wall Street was held down by weakness in retail stocks.
After last week`s market jitters from escalating U.S.-North Korea tensions, investors were relieved to be able to look beyond geopolitics at least temporarily after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said he would watch the United States` actions for a while longer before deciding whether to fire missiles towards the U.S. island territory of Guam.
Data for July showed the biggest increase in U.S. retail sales in seven months as consumers ramped up discretionary spending and boosted purchases of motor vehicles, suggesting the economy continued to gain momentum.
While the data was strong, however, worries about retailers` earnings and the outlook for home improvement stores dragged on the S&P, with Home Depot
"Retail`s the interesting sector, starting out with the economic retail numbers, which were much better than expected. But then this morning we`d some pretty bad retail company reports," said Janna Sampson, co-chief investment officer at OakBrook Investments LLC in Lisle, Illinois.
Wall Street`s gains from the first apparent relaxation of tensions with North Korea in some time were limited as the benchmark S&P 500 index had already rallied on Monday, when it achieved its third 1 percent gain for 2017 after a weekend without military action or escalating rhetoric.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average <.dji> rose 5.28 points, or 0.02 percent, to 21,998.99, the S&P 500 <.spx> lost 1.23 points, or 0.05 percent, to 2,464.61 and the Nasdaq Composite <.ixic> dropped 7.22 points, or 0.11 percent, to 6,333.01.
MSCI`s gauge of stocks across the globe <.miwd00000pus> shed 0.16 percent.
Benchmark U.S. Treasury yields hit one-week highs as investors pared low-risk holdings in reaction to the comments from North Korea and the U.S. retail sales and regional factory activity data.
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The U.S. dollar rose to its highest in nearly three weeks against a basket of major currencies for two main reasons, according to Joe Manimbo, senior market analyst at Western Union Business Solutions in Washington, D.C.
"One was that the consumer had been a no-show in recent months," said Manimbo, adding that "the spectre of cooler heads prevailing on the geopolitical front is dollar positive, particularly against safe-haven rivals."
The dollar index <.dxy> rose 0.45 percent, with the euro
The Japanese yen weakened 0.84 percent versus the greenback at 110.57 per dollar, while sterling
Oil prices held steady after Monday`s heavy sell-off, weighed by the strong U.S. dollar - which makes oil more expensive for overseas buyers - and signs of weaker demand in China, the world`s second-largest consumer.
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