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US stocks close mostly lower with tech; dollar up after factory data

US stocks close mostly lower with tech; dollar up after factory data

FILE PHOTO: A man looks at stock market monitors in Taipei January 22, 2008. REUTERS/Nicky Loh

NEW YORK: U.S. stocks ended mostly lower on Friday, weighed down by technology and consumer discretionary shares, while the dollar edged higher after stronger-than-expected U.S. manufacturing data.

U.S. Treasury yields slipped as the market mostly shrugged off the data.

Data firm IHS Markit said its flash U.S. manufacturing PMI increased to 61.5 in the first half of this month. That was the highest reading since October 2009, and followed a final reading of 60.5 in April. Economists polled by Reuters had forecast the index dipping to 60.2 in early May.

Rising U.S. inflationary risks have spooked markets, and minutes on Wednesday from the last Federal Reserve meeting suggested some policymakers were ready to talk about reducing stimulus by tapering bond purchases.

On Friday, Philadelphia Fed Bank President Patrick Harker said Fed officials should start talking about the best way to reduce their asset purchases "sooner rather than later."

But not all data has suggested the economy may be at risk of overheating.

Also, rising COVID-19 cases globally remain a concern. Official tolls showing the number of deaths directly or indirectly attributed to the pandemic are likely to be a "significant undercount," the World Health Organization said on Friday, saying 6 to 8 million people may have died so far.

"Institutional investors took a lot of money out due to inflation fears but that money will start flowing into tech stocks as those fears moderate," said Thomas Hayes, chairman and managing member at hedge fund Great Hill Capital LLC.

The S&P tech index closed down 0.5per cent, while the consumer discretionary index fell 0.6per cent.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 123.69 points, or 0.36per cent, to 34,207.84, the S&P 500 lost 3.26 points, or 0.08per cent, to 4,155.86 and the Nasdaq Composite dropped 64.75 points, or 0.48per cent, to 13,470.99.

For the week, the S&P 500 fell about 0.4per cent.

The pan-European STOXX 600 index rose 0.57per cent and MSCI's gauge of stocks across the globe gained 0.03per cent.

In the euro zone, the IHS Markit's flash Composite Purchasing Managers' Index, seen as a good guide to economic health, climbed to 56.9 in May, its highest level since February 2018, from April's final reading of 53.8.

British retail sales surged 9.2per cent on the month in April, twice the average forecast in a Reuters poll of economists, and the UK Composite Purchasing Managers' Index hit a record high at 62.0.

Sterling was last trading at US$1.4144, down 0.02per cent on the day.

The dollar index rose 0.27per cent, with the euro down 0.38per cent to US$1.2179.

In the cryptocurrency market, bitcoin slid after China doubled down on its efforts to prevent speculative and financial risks by cracking down on the mining and trading of the world's largest and most popular cryptocurrency.

Bitcoin traded down 11.5per cent to 35,952.05.

On Thursday, the U.S. Treasury Department called for new rules that would require large cryptocurrency transfers to be reported to the Internal Revenue Service and the Fed flagged the risks cryptocurrencies posed to financial stability.

Benchmark 10-year notes last rose 3/32 in price to yield 1.6233per cent, from 1.634per cent late on Thursday.

Oil prices jumped 2per cent after three days of losses, with investors watching a storm that is forming over the western Gulf of Mexico. Brent crude futures rose to settle at US$66.44 a barrel, while U.S. West Texas Intermediate settled at US$63.58.

Spot gold added 0.2per cent to US$1,880.30 an ounce.

(Additional reporting by Carolyn Cohn in London; Jessica Resnick-Ault and Herbert Lash in New York; Medha Singh and Shashank Nayar in Bengaluru; Sujata Rao in London; Editing by Sam Holmes, Will Dunham, Catherine Evans, Andrew Heavens and Andrea Ricci)

Source: Reuters

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