NEW YORK, Sept 13 (Reuters) – World stock markets edged higher on Monday as gains on Wall Street and European indexes pushed aside – for now – fears over inflation, regulation and higher corporate taxes.
Investors’ focus now shifts to Tuesday’s U.S. consumer price data, which will give a broad picture of the country’s economic recovery ahead of the Federal Reserve’s meeting next week.
The dollar climbed to a two-week peak, and oil prices topped 6-week highs. read more
“European and U.S. equity markets largely shrugged off rising concerns about regulatory dominance in Chinese tech stocks, as focus turns towards US CPI for August,” ANZ Research analysts wrote.
U.S. government bond yields dipped on Monday. The yield on 10-year Treasury notes was down 1.8 basis points at 1.323%.
Asian stocks fell earlier in the day following news of a fresh regulatory crackdown on Chinese firms.
China fired another regulatory shot at its tech giants, telling them to end a long-standing practice of blocking each other’s links on their websites. The Financial Times also reported that China is aiming to break up the payments app Alipay (688688.SS). read more
Leading U.S. House of Representatives Democrats said they are seeking to raise the tax rate on corporations to 26.5%, up from the current 21%. read more
The core reading of the U.S. consumer price index is expected to show a rise of 0.3% in August, down from 0.5% the previous month and 0.9% in June.
The U.S. Federal Reserve is paying close attention to price pressures as it mulls when to begin to reduce its massive bond holdings and how soon to begin lifting rates from near zero. It also remains on the lookout for any signs that price pressures may broaden.
The general air of risk aversion helped lift the dollar index to 92.69, up 0.12%.
Oil prices rose to six-week highs as U.S. output remains slow to return two weeks after Hurricane Ida slammed into the Gulf Coast and worries another storm could affect output in Texas this week.
Brent crude settled up $0.59, or up 0.81%, at $73.51 a barrel. U.S. crude settled up $0.73, or up 1.05%, at $70.45 per barrel.
Reporting by Sujata Rao in London and Elizabeth Dilts Marshall in New York; additional reporting by Wayne Cole in Sydney and Dhara Ranasinghe in London; editing by Emelia Sithole-Matarise, Will Dunham, Chizu Nomiyama and Dan Grebler
Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Read More: www.reuters.com