Prices of U.S. Treasuries steadied after early declines blamed on a
weak sale of inflation-linked bonds, and the dollar rose as
investors chased higher U.S. bond yields.
Oil prices backed away from nine-month peaks triggered by worries
about the turmoil in Iraq but held at lofty levels.
U.S. equities rallied for a sixth straight session and took the
benchmark Standard & Poor's 500 and Dow Jones industrial indices to
record highs. For the week, the Dow was up about 1 percent and the
S&P 500 gained 1.4 percent.
The Dow .DJI rose 25.62 points, or 0.15 percent, to end at
16,947.08. The S&P 500 .SPX gained 3.39 points, or 0.17 percent, to
finish at 1,962.87. The Nasdaq Composite .IXIC added 8.71 points, or
0.20 percent, to close at 4,368.04.
"There continues to be this hope that the economy improves, that
growth improves. But for the markets, a slow steady growth
environment is pretty much nirvana," said Tim Ghriskey, chief
investment officer of Solaris Group in Bedford Hills, New York.
Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen on Wednesday effectively cleared
the way for more Wall Street gains by suggesting that interest rates
will remain low through 2016, several top U.S. money managers told
"What (we) have is a sweet combination of a self-sustaining,
long-lasting economic expansion joined with a long-lasting monetary
accommodation," said Steven Einhorn, vice chairman of hedge fund
Omega Advisors Inc.
Most U.S. Treasuries ended little changed, though long bond prices
rallied as investors focused on inflation risks two days after the
Fed played down a recent uptick in consumer price pressures.
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"There’s the thought that maybe (the Fed) will let inflation run a
little bit higher and not raise rates,” said Dan Mulholland,
managing director at BNY Mellon in New York.
Benchmark 10-year notes US10YT=RR were last down 1/32 in price to
yield 2.63 percent, up from 2.62 percent on Thursday. The notes
yielded 3 percent at the beginning of the year. Prices of 30-year
Treasuries were up 9/32 to yield 3.45 percent.
The higher yields helped the dollar, with the dollar index .DXY up
0.02 percent at 80.33. Against the yen, the dollar was last up 0.2
percent, at 102.12 yen JPY=, while the euro slipped 0.10 percent to
Brent oil prices LCOc1 backed away from a nine-month peak as
concerns receded that violence in Iraq, OPEC's second-largest
producer, might disrupt supplies. Brent dropped 42 cents to $114.66
from a high of $115.71 touched on Thursday. U.S. oil CLc1 added 75
cents to $107.18.
(Reporting by Michael Connor in New York; Editing by Dan Grebler and
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