NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. dollar was lower on Friday along with Wall Street stocks as investors pulled back from technology stocks and were skeptical President Donald Trump’s Republican party would succeed in its efforts at U.S. tax reform.
U.S. Treasury yields edged lower, in line with declines in U.S. stock indexes and German 10-year bond yields, as risk appetites faded. The yield curve continued to flatten after strong U.S. housing starts data for October.
Stocks and the dollar saw brief boosts on Thursday from the U.S. House of Representatives’ vote in favor of its version a tax overhaul bill that would cut corporate taxes.
But the celebration was short-lived as the focus turned to a Senate battle over its rival bill and worries about whether the House and Senate will ever agree on a compromise.
“Traders are not jumping the gun here. They’re looking to see what happens as the political sausage-making process runs its course,” said Karl Schamotta, director of global product and market strategy at Cambridge Global Payments in Toronto. He added that while potential benefits to the dollar may be priced in, tax reform disappointment would hurt it.
The dollar was also dented by a report that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team last month subpoenaed Trump’s election campaign for documents containing specified Russian keywords from more than a dozen officials.
The dollar index .DXY fell 0.27 percent, with the euro EUR= up 0.22 percent to $1.1795.
The S&P 500 was lower as investors eyed the prospects for tax reform and positioned themselves for the close of earnings season and what is typically a quieter week as many traders take a break around Thursday’s Thanksgiving holiday.
“Investors are going to get net neutral on their position,” said Matt Lloyd, chief investment strategist at Advisors Asset Management in Monument, Colorado. “The biggest driver is going to be what happens with the Senate and the House.”
The Dow Jones Industrial Average .DJI fell 89.85 points, or 0.38 percent, to 23,368.51, the S&P 500 .SPX lost 4.86 points, or 0.19 percent, to 2,580.78 and the Nasdaq Composite .IXIC dropped 5.71 points, or 0.08 percent, to 6,787.58.
The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index .FTEU3 lost 0.34 percent and MSCI's gauge of stocks across the globe .MIWD00000PUS gained 0.09 percent.
In the Treasuries market, the U.S. two-year yield US2YT=RR climbed to a new nine-year peak of 1.725 percent. It was last 1.717 percent compared with 1.712 percent on Thursday.
Global stocks still on track for second weekly fall
November 17, 2017 by Leave a Comment