Reuters | Oct 30, 2020 06:06
* Euro falls as ECB flags easing in December
* Oil falls again, dollar grinds higher
* Graphic: 2020 asset performance http://tmsnrt.rs/2yaDPgn (Updates prices, comment)
By Rodrigo Campos
NEW YORK, Oct 29 (Reuters) - Crude oil fell again on Thursday as lockdowns in Europe and rising cases elsewhere clouded the demand outlook, while stocks rose as Wall Street rallied.
French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel ordered their countries back into coronavirus lockdowns, while cases are rising in 47 U.S. states with patients overwhelming hospitals in parts of the country. European Central Bank said it would increase its support for the bloc's economy amid the pandemic, weighing on the euro even as policy was left unchanged, while U.S. gross domestic product soared to a widely-predicted record bounce that helped trigger stock buying on Wall Street, enough to halt the rout on equities globally so far this week. S&P 500 rose partly on bets for strong earnings from mega-caps but was still down nearly 4% for the week so far, as traders have shied away from risk on concern a new wave of COVID-19 infections will hinder the economic recovery.
"It's a big day in technology today in anticipation of their results," said Tim Ghriskey, chief investment strategist at Inverness Counsel in New York.
"The earnings season so far has resulted in significant positive earnings surprises. We think that's helping to fuel today's rally in anticipation of positive surprises from these companies."
The Dow Jones Industrial Average .DJI rose 259.92 points, or 0.98%, to 26,779.87, the S&P 500 .SPX gained 57.76 points, or 1.77%, to 3,328.79 and the Nasdaq Composite .IXIC added 248.20 points, or 2.26%, to 11,253.07.
Global stock markets lost nearly $2 trillion on Wednesday, with trading volume on U.S. exchanges up 35% to the highest level in over five weeks.
"Asia is not really partaking in this second or third wave story because it's got its COVID largely under control," said Rob Carnell, chief economist in Asia at ING.
Taiwan, which boasts Asia's best-performing currency this year, marked its 200th straight day without a local coronavirus transmission on Thursday.
Concerns hit commodities too, with oil again falling and down nearly 10% for the week. O/R
"As lockdowns begin to bite on demand concerns across Europe, the near-term outlook for crude starts to deteriorate," said Stephen Innes, chief global market strategist at Axi.
Uncertainty about Tuesday's U.S. election also kept traders on edge. President Donald Trump and Democratic rival Joe Biden will rally supporters in the battleground of Florida, visiting the same city hours apart to offer their contrasting approaches to the resurgent coronavirus pandemic. ECB held off on new measures on Thursday but it hinted at action in December, which is likely to keep the euro under pressure. dollar index =USD rose 0.555%, with the euro EUR= down 0.62% to $1.1671.
The Japanese yen weakened 0.37% versus the greenback at 104.67 per dollar, while Sterling GBP= was last trading at $1.2925, down 0.43% on the day.
The Bank of Japan had made no changes to monetary policy settings overnight, as expected, though it trimmed its growth forecasts to reflect sluggish services spending. yields rose, tracking U.S. stocks, despite little initial reaction to the strong GDP number. US/
Benchmark 10-year notes US10YT=RR last fell 17/32 in price to yield 0.8381%, from 0.781% late on Wednesday.
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