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GLOBAL MARKETS-Virus concerns keep oil in check; stocks drift

Wed 21st April, 2021 4:46pm
* Rising infections in India rattle energy markets * Treasury yields little changed ahead of 20-year auction (Updates prices, changes comment, dateline; previous LONDON) By Rodrigo Campos NEW YORK, April 21 (Reuters) - A global stock index edged up on Wednesday as Wall Street and Europe bounced back from large drops, while oil prices continued to be weighed by rising COVID-19 cases in Asia. Recent optimism about rising vaccination rates in the United States and Britain is shifting to concern that record coronavirus infections in India, likely restrictions in Japan and rising cases in Latin America will act be a hurdle for the global economic recovery. Investors are also closely watching an auction of 20-year U.S. Treasuries later on Wednesday, which will be an important gauge of global demand for fixed income. Ahead of the auction results, the yield on benchmark 10-year Treasury notes US10YT=RR traded at 1.5749%. The 30-year bond US30YT=RR last fell 8/32 in price to yield 2.2718%, from 2.26% late on Tuesday. The move in the Treasury market "is going to be sideways until we get some data or any sort of catalyst for a move higher. I think the next catalyst is really going to come from overseas when you start to see a pick-up in vaccination rates in Europe," said Subadra Rajappa, head of U.S. rates strategy at Societe Generale. On Wall Street, a 7% drop in Netflix NFLX.O weighed on the Nasdaq but indexes were bouncing back from their largest declines in a month. The Dow Jones Industrial Average .DJI rose 167.87 points, or 0.5%, to 33,989.17, the S&P 500 .SPX gained 21.56 points, or 0.52%, to 4,156.5 and the Nasdaq Composite .IXIC added 81.60 points, or 0.59%, to 13,867.86. The pan-European STOXX 600 index .STOXX rose 0.72% and MSCI's gauge of stocks across the globe .MIWD00000PUS gained 0.17%. Emerging market stocks lost 0.99%. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS closed 1.04% lower, while Japan's Nikkei .N225 lost 2.03%. Oil prices were weighed by concerns that surging COVID-19 cases in India will drive down fuel demand in the world's third-biggest oil importer. "Demand jitters were thrust back into the spotlight yesterday amid a sharp rise in global coronavirus cases. Nowhere is this more obvious than in India," PVM analysts said. U.S. crude CLc1 recently fell 1.1% to $61.99 per barrel and Brent LCOc1 was at $65.97, down 0.9% on the day. The dollar index =USD fell 0.122%, with the euro EUR= down 0.01% to $1.2032. The Japanese yen strengthened 0.02% versus the greenback at 108.07 per dollar, while Sterling GBP= was last trading at $1.3936, flat on the day. <^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ Global Markets https://tmsnrt.rs/2QFvz6g Global assets http://tmsnrt.rs/2jvdmXl Global currencies vs. dollar http://tmsnrt.rs/2egbfVh Emerging markets http://tmsnrt.rs/2ihRugV MSCI All Country Wolrd Index Market Cap http://tmsnrt.rs/2EmTD6j ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^> (Reporting by Rodrigo Campos; additional reporting by Kate Duguid, David Henry in New York, Shadia Nasralla in London and Shreyashi Sanyal and Devik Jain in Bengaluru Editing by Marguerita Choy) ((rodrigo.campos@reuters.com;; +1 (332) 219-1131;; Reuters Messaging: http://www.twitter.com/rodrigocampos))
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